Women's Golf Second at MAC; Hague Wins Event
Ball State's women's golf team finished second at the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championships, and freshman Jenna Hague won medalist honors.
The Cardinals managed a 298-322-304=924 in the 54-hole tournament, while Kent State won its 14th straight MAC Championship with a 908. Toledo was third with a 927.
Hague won medalist honors after carding a 74-80-69=223, which was propelled by a hole-in-one on the par-3, 172-yard, 15th hole in the final round. The final round 69 was a career low for Hague, while the MAC finish marked the third time in her career she has won or tied for first in a collegiate tournament.
Hague tied with Toledo's Piyathida Chaiyapan after 54 holes when the pair each birdied the 18th hole to force the playoff. On the first playoff hole, Chaiyapan hit it within 35-feet for her birdie attempt, while Hague snuggled it up six feet from the hole for her birdie try. Chaiyapan putted it within five feet, while Hague made the six foot birdie putt to win medalist honors.
Hague becomes only the third non-Kent State golfer to win medalist honors in the 14-year history of the conference championships -- and the second Ball State golfer to earn the medalist title. Katie Sundberg earned medalist honors for the Cardinals at the 2005 MAC Championships.
Autumn Duke tied for eighth at the MAC after managing a 75-82-76=233. Zoe Camus tied for 11th with a 76-79-81=236, and Meghan Perry tied for 14th with an 80-81-78=239. Katie Windlan, the lone senior for the Cardinals, tallied a 73-83-87=243 to tie for 25th.
The second place finish marks the third top three placing for Ball State in the last three seasons. The Cardinals, under the direction of eighth year head coach Katherine Mowat, finished third at the MAC in 2011 after a school best second place mark in 2010.