Eastern Kentucky University’s women’s golf team has won three of the last six Ohio Valley Conference Championships and has finished among the top three teams each of the last six seasons. The Colonels will look for their fourth title in seven years when the 2019 OVC Championship begins on Monday at The Shoals on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
The three-day, 54-hole event will be contested on the par 72, 6,025-yard Schoolmaster Course.
The Colonels won the OVC Championship in 2013 by one shot over Jacksonville State. Eastern placed second in 2014, two shots back. The Colonels edged Jacksonville State by one shot again in 2015. In 2016, EKU beat the field by 18 strokes and set what were at the time new OVC Championship records for 54-hole total of 888 and team tournament scoring average at 296.00.
In 2017, Murray State and Eastern began the final round separated by just three shots but the Racers pulled away over the final 18 for a 10-shot victory. Last year, EKU posted a third place finish.
In addition to winning three of the previous six titles, Eastern Kentucky also captured the OVC Championship in 1996.
The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals is home to two 18-hole championship courses and lies between the Wheeler and Wilson dams on the Tennessee River. The tree-lined Schoolmaster Course is named for President Woodrow Wilson who was responsible for getting Wilson Dam built and was also known as “The Schoolmaster” of politics. The course opened in the summer of 2005 and offers a more traditional golf experience with every hole keeping with the natural topography along the Tennessee River.
Last season was the first time the OVC Championship was played on the Schoolmaster Course. It was contested on the Fighting Joe Course at The Shoals in 2008 and 2014.
The first round will begin at 9 a.m. ET on Monday. The Colonels will begin teeing off at 10:40 a.m. The nine-team field includes: Austin Peay, Belmont, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Murray State, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech.
Competing for Eastern this year are seniors Amanda Lindahl and Elsa Moberly, junior Hannabeth Owens, sophomore Ragnhildur Kristinsdottir and freshman Bailey Hubbard. Four of those five rank among the top-10 in the OVC in scoring average. No other team has more than two players in the top-10.
Moberly leads the team and is second in the conference with a 73.73 scoring average. She is coming off a pair of individual victories in Eastern’s last two events. Moberly has shot 14 rounds at par or under.
The Somerset, Kentucky native has six top-10 finishes in 10 events this season. She was chosen as the OVC Women’s Golfer of the Week five times in 2018-19. Moberly finished fifth at the 2018 OVC Championship with a three-round total of 224 (+8) and earned an at-large invitation to the NCAA Regional in Madison Wisconsin.
Lindahl is second on the team, and fourth in the league, with a 75.17 stroke average. She has three top-10 performances this season. Kristinsdottir is right behind in fifth with a 75.85 stroke average. The two tied for 10th place overall at last year’s OVC Championship.
Owens ranks 10th in the conference with a 76.50 stroke average. Hubbard carries a 77.24 stroke average, which is among the top-20 in the OVC.
Under first-year head coach Mandy Moore the Colonels finished in the top-10 in eight of 10 events this season, including two first place finishes. Eastern won the Colonel Classic and the Jan Weaver Invitational in its final two regular season appearances. As a team, EKU leads the conference with a 299 stroke average. Murray State is second at 300.9 and Jacksonville State is third at 302.3.
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