MANSFIELD, Texas – After California Baptist University advanced for the NCAA Division II Super West Regional for the first time, Tina Yang became the first Lancer to qualify for the Division II Championships.
The division’s 14th-ranked Lancers could not continue their run at the Walnut Creek Country Club, ending the three-round regional tournament in sixth place with a 964 Wednesday.
"The whole team is really excited for her," head coach John Hackney said, "the team's disappointed it isn’t moving on, but we knew we had our backs up against the wall coming into today. It was a good year and it's unfortunate it has to come to an end."
Fifth-ranked Tarleton State came all the way back to claim the regional title with a 296 that gave it a 919 total. St. Edward’s (936) and Dallas Baptist (947), which are respectively tabbed ninth and 16th in Division II, advanced to the NCAA Championships as the two other top-three squads.
With the wind still blowing, no team came close to shooting par Wednesday.
"It was just a difficult trek, no team played that course near par all week," Hackney said. "That just shows how tough it was out there."
Yang’s season continued after she grabbed one of three individual berths to the next round by finishing as one of the top-three individuals not with Tarleton State, St. Edward’s and Dallas Baptist.
Linda Brown of Cal State East Bay (954, fourth) and Glory Jangthongsiri of West Texas A&M (961, fifth) punched their individual tickets first with a 224 and 229, respectively. It left Yang with the final berth available, finishing with a 230 after shooting a five-over-par 77 Wednesday.
Like the rest of CBU, Yang battled unfavorable conditions throughout the three-round regional tournament as winds were around 20 miles an hour from Monday to Wednesday. The junior transfer broke 80 in all three rounds, though, standing in a third-place tie through the first two days after shooting a 75 and 78 the first two days.
Yang had one birdie and managed to avoid catastrophe with four bogeys and a double on her card, along with 12 pars, Wednesday. Her finest streak was at No. 2 through No. 6, as she opened with a par and birdied before recording pars at No. 4, 5 and 6.
"Yang never knew where she stood, I never told her because I didn’t want her to think about it," Hackney said. "She played really well and a lot of coaches and players came up to me and said they were impressed with her ability."
Nathalie Silva was the other Lancer to break 80 Wednesday, as she also shot a 77. Silva finished tied for 16th place on the individual leaderboard with a 239 for CBU, which also had Natalie Park card an 80 Wednesday and 247 overall for a 29th-place finish.
Kirsten Keyser scored for the second day in a row for the Lancers, as she posted a personal-tournament best round of 83. Marvi Monsalve shot an 88 Wednesday to end the tournament with a 255. Monsalve and Keyser finished 40th and 44th, respectively.
The NCAA Championships will be held May 14-17 at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, N.C. The 72-hole competition will also include 72 participants.
"I think Tina has a great shot," Hackney said. "I fully believe she is one of the better players in the country. She is very composed and I can’t wait to see what she puts together."