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Nordeen, Stanhope tie for 13th

Nordeen, Stanhope tie for 13th

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LAKE CITY, Minn. — The Montana State Billings women’s golf team finished ninth at the NCAA Division II Central Regional tournament which ended Tuesday.

The Yellowjackets finished with a three-round total of 1,012.

Augustana, S.D., won the team title with 972, followed by Western New Mexico (979) and Minnesota State Mankota (984). All three teams qualified for the NCAA Championships, May 12-15 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.

Upper Iowa’s Jill Preeshl earned medalist honors with a three-round total of 233. Preeshl entered Tuesday’s play fifth but shot a low-round 74 to vault to first place.

This was the Yellowjackets’ second straight qualification for regional play.

“Anytime you can get to the postseason, the overall year is a great success,’’ said first-year MSUB coach Shawn O’Brien. “Everyone played to their best ability today and never gave up and that is all you can ask for. We have a great group of players coming back next year and we will miss Amy Nordeen. She is a great person and a great golfer.’’

Nordeen, of Hamilton, finished in a four-way tie for 13th place at 245. She had rounds of 78, 82 and 85.

“This was an emotional trip for me,’’ said Nordeen, the team’s only senior. “I didn’t know how much this team meant to me until I was coming up to the 18th green for the last time. We all hugged liked they were sisters I never had. It was a moment I definitely will not forget.’’

MSUB’s Kalli Stanhope had a final round 81 to also tie for 13th place. She was 80 and 84 in the first two rounds. Erin Heaney tied for 38th for the Yellowjackets (260), while Libby Rutz was 42nd (264). Liz Tikriti was 46th for the Yellowjackets (274).

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