By Courtlin Haygarth | HSU Sports Information
BLUE SPRINGS, Missouri — Rewriting the record book has been something the No. 13 Henderson State women’s golf program has become accustomed to doing over the last couple of years. Another record fell Wednesday afternoon as the HSU women shot the lowest Par 72 team round in program history with a 7-under 281 on day two of the Central Region Fall Preview. Furthermore, Henderson set a new Par 72, 36-hole team event record with a two-day score of 3-under 573.
The record-setting day saw four of the five Reddies shoot under par on the final day of the tournament. Yesterday, the lowest score from any HSU golfer was an even-par 72.
Those records helped HSU take the opening tournament of the fall season as the Reddies defeated second-place Nebraska-Kearney by nine strokes to win the 2022 Central Region Fall Preview. After coming into the final day two strokes back of the Lopers, Henderson gained 11 strokes on its regional foe.
After posting 13 birdies across all five of the Reddie golfers yesterday, HSU carded 17 birdies on the final day. The biggest difference of the two days came on the back nine, where Henderson shot seven birdies and only eight bogies compared to three birdies, 10 bogeys and a pair of double-bogeys on the first installment of the course’s back half.
Daphney Tilton, after carding an opening-round 1-over 73, shot the second best round of anyone in the field with a 3-under 69 to finish third in the 86-player field with a 2-under 142, marking her best finish since the NSU Women’s Classic last September, where she got second place.
Tilton’s 69 is just the second of her collegiate career and is tied for the third lowest round from an individual in program history. The junior from Iowa, Louisiana recorded five birdies on the front nine after only posting two birdies all of yesterday.
Allie Bianchi finished in a tie for fourth after shooting 1-under 71 on the final day to finish with a 36-hole score of 1-under 143. Bianchi and Tilton both shot bogey-free front nines. Gracen Blount finished in a tie for eighth after matching Bianchi’s second-round output with a 1-under 71.
Jinna Boonbumroongsuk, the junior transfer from Nebraska-Omaha in what was her first tournament as a Reddie, delivered the second-best round of any Reddie with a 2-under 70 to finish with a 4-over 148. Boonbumroongsuk, shot 3-under 33 on the back nine after going 5-over on the back nine yesterday.
True freshman Lily Nelson finished off the Reddies’ tournament win with a 6-over 150 for a spot at 22nd in her first ever college tournament.
No. 13 Henderson State, after getting first place in three of its last four tournaments to compete in dating back to last season’s postseason run, will have a couple weeks off before heading south to Denton, Texas for the DBU Women’s Classic hosted by No. 1 Dallas Baptist Sept. 19-20.