LINCOLN, Neb (May 24, 2013) – The determining factor in the finish of No.5 Lubbock Christian University's venture towards a NAIA Women's Golf National Championship was not all determined on how they did on the course. Mariah Montoya and Shelbye Hill each had top-five finishes, but a scorecard infraction led to a disqualification of Anna Schopp and the loss of her score in the team scoring moved LCU down to a fifth place finish for the event at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course. It marks their second-best finish in program history.
The infraction occurred at the conclusion of Schopp's round and it was a violation in regards to scorecard signature policy. Her score for her round does not get recorded, but the round had been her best of the tournament and it could have resulted in LCU finishing in second place of the event.
Regardless of Schopp's misfortunes, the Lady Chaps recorded a solid round of play. Sisters Mariah Montoya and Sinae Montoya each led LCU in the round shooting 4-over-par (76) on the par-72 layout. Mariah notched four birdies on the day, with three coming on the back nine (finished the tournament with 11 birdies, which was the second most of the tournament). She finished 16-over par for the tournament with a 76 carded in all four rounds. Her fourth round score helped her jump from sixth to third place. She was 3-under-par for the tournament on par-five holes, which ranked tied for second in the tournament. Sinae had 12 pars on the afternoon and finished the back nine 1-over-par for her 76. Overall, she ranked third in the tournament with 47 pars. The senior member finished the tournament tied for 20th with a total score of 24-over-par. Hill finished the tournament tied for fourth place 18-over-par. She carded a 78 on the final round. Hill was very successful on the back nine, as she was 2-over-par for the entire tournament on the back nine. Kelsey Garcia was on pace for a solid round, as she was 2-over-par following the sixth hole, but a quadruple bogey on the seventh hole led to a string of nine consecutive holes in which she was unable to claim par. She finished 18-over-par for the round and finished the tournament in a share of 83rd place.
LCU finished in fifth place with a final round 320 (32-over-par) providing them a final overall score of 99-over-par (304-314-313-320 for 1,251). No.2 Oklahoma City University, who was endorsed by a tweet from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers prior to the round, claimed their sixth national title with an overall score of 72-over-par. They turned in a 304 (16-over-par) for the day. The best round of the day went to No.7 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) with a 301, which matched their score from the opening round and was the best round of the tournament. They finished in third place. The individual title went to OCU's Jessica Schiele. She finished 7-over-par for the tournament.
The top-15 finishers received All-Tournament honors. Mariah Montoya and Hill each finished in the top-15 and were honored at the tournament's conclusion. Also finishing with an honor was Schopp, who claimed the NAIA's "Champions of Character" accolade.
The event was the final NAIA event for the women's golf program, as LCU moves into the Heartland Conference (NCAA Div. II) next season. They leave the NAIA with four consecutive top-10 finishes as the National Championship. The fifth place finish was the second-best in program history behind a fourth place finish in 2011.