Ladies Finish Third, Mims and Garza Named All-Mid-Con
Tuesday, April 24, 2007

BOSSIER CITY, La. -- The Centenary women’s golf team recorded its best-ever finish at the Mid-Continent Conference Golf Championship, earning a third-place finish, with junior Chloe’ Mims and sophomore Jessica Garza named to the 2007 Mid-Con All-Conference team.

Marking the first time in program history two Centenary players earned all-conference accolades, the Ladies shot 333 in Tuesday’s final round to finish in third place, standing with a tournament score of 971.

Played on the par-72, 6,019-yard course at StoneBridge, in Bossier City, three rounds of 83 paced the Ladies in Tuesday’s round. The rounds, which were the low rounds for the Ladies in the final round, were shot by the sophomores Leigh Newton (Edmonton, Alberta), Tracy Williams (Van Alstyne, Texas) and Garza.

Garza became the first player in Centenary history to become a two-time member of the Mid-Con All-Conference team. The McKinney, Texas, native finished her tournament in eighth place with a three-round score of 241 (78-80-83), named second team all-conference. Garza shot par over the final three holes to finish with the 83 in Tuesday’s final round.

Mims, a junior from Texarkana, Texas, finished just one stroke from standing in a tie for fifth place in the conference tournament. With the top-five finishers in the tournament earning first team all-conference honors, Mims finished just out of becoming the first Centenary women’s golfer to earn first team accolades. The junior shot 84 in Tuesday’s round to join Garza as a second team All-Mid-Con honoree.

Mims had a tournament score of 237 (80-73-84), recording the lowest round of any Centenary player with the 73 shot in Monday’s second round. Over the tournament, she led all players on Par-3 scoring, standing with a 3.08 average on par 3’s and shooting 1-over on par-3 holes. Mims was tied for fourth amongst all players in birdies made, ending her tournament with six made.

Newton and Williams started and finished the day tied, both finishing with a tournament score of 252 and sitting in a tie for 18th in the event.

Newton had her best round of the tournament with the 83 Tuesday, earning her best-ever finish at the conference tournament, while Williams made the most improvement from Round 2 to Round 3 for Centenary.

Carding an 89 in Monday’s second round, after shooting a strong 80 in the first round, Williams shaved six strokes off of her second-round score in shooting the 83. She had four birdies over the two days to stand tied for seventh amongst all players in birdies made.

Freshman Brittany Blackwell (Colleyville, Texas) had a strong showing in her first conference tournament, standing 21st with a three-round score of 253. Although shooting a 91 in Tuesday’s round, Blackwell’s strong play Monday was key in moving the Ladies into second place after two rounds. Blackwell shot 80-82-91 to record her best score over a three-round tournament.

As a team, Centenary finished with its best score over a three-round tournament this season.

Oral Roberts ran away with the 2007 Mid-Con Championship, finishing 39 strokes ahead of second-place finishers Oakland. The Golden Eagles, led by individual medalist and 2007 Mid-Con Player of the Year Pamela Ontiveros, shot 304 in the final round, finishing the event with a 919.

The Ladies can build off of this week’s finish in the future, as Centenary shot well under its season average of 330.7 and returns every player.