Women drop championship

Courtesy of Dave Winder
Sophie Hillier from Sandy, England drives the ball down the green.Courtesy of Dave Winder Sophie Hillier from Sandy, England drives the ball down the green.

Story by Mallory Tucker, Staff writer

Courtesy of Dave Winder Sophie Hillier from Sandy, England drives the ball down the green.

Courtesy of Dave Winder
Sophie Hillier from Sandy, England drives the ball down the green.

The women’s golf team was unable to repeat their OVC Championship performance from last year and come home with a title, but sophomore Minta Yin placed second overall as the team took home sixth of the 10 OVC teams April 22 at Hampton Cove, a Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Owens Crossroads, Ala.

“We did (hope for better),” Head Coach Velvet Milkman told GoRacers.com. “But I saw a lot of positives this week, especially Minta. We’re a young team and I think that showed with nerves and that kind of thing. The future is bright for our program if we keep working hard and keep improving.”

Finishing the first round in fifth place with a total score of 312 and improving to tie for fourth with 306 at the end of the second round, the Racers tallied another 306 finish Wednesday but were unable to catch fifth place Morehead State, just four strokes below. Tournament champion Eastern Kentucky finished just one stroke ahead of second place Jacksonville State.

Yin carded rounds of 74-74-70=218, just one stroke above medalist Sofie Levin of Eastern Kentucky. Junior Abbi Stamper, sophomore Jacklyn Van Meter, freshman Moa Folke and junior Sophie Hillier rounded out the course for the Racers, with respective scores of 229, 239, 242 and 246.