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MAC Womens Golf Concludes; Hague, Westaway Honored

April 28, 2014


FISHERS, Ind. – Sarah Westaway led Ball State with a final-round 76 and Jenna Hague finished in fifth place as the Mid-American Conference Women's Golf Championships concluded Sunday.

Hague closed with a round of 81 at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club but still managed her third top-5 finish in three career starts at the MAC Championships. The 2012 medalist wrapped up this year's event with a three-day total of 11-over par 227 to make the all-tournament team for the third straight year.

At the post-round awards ceremony, Hague was recognized as a member of the All-MAC First Team for the second straight year. The junior from Burlington, Ontario, becomes only the second two-time first teamer in program history, joining current Hawthorns assistant pro Brittany Kelly.

Westaway was also honored at the ceremony, being named the MAC Sportswoman of the Year. She gave Ball State two golfers in the top 20, finishing at 19-over 235 for the weekend. The senior from St. Thomas, Ontario, birdied two of her first five holes Sunday and made the turn at even par on her way to a 4 over round that jumped her eight spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 16th.

Ball State finished ninth as a team with a three-day count of 962 after closing with a 328 in the third round. The Cardinals counted an 85 from Mary Welch and an 86 from Meghan Perry in addition to the scores from Westaway and Hague. Karley Dobis was the team's non-counter with an 88.

Kent State claimed the team title for the 16th consecutive year, while Jennifer Ha came from three shots back entering the day to win her second straight individual league championship for the Golden Flashes. She became just the third player in MAC history to win the event twice.

Ha finished 6 over to edge teammates Natalie Goodson and Wad Phaewchimplee by one and two shots, respectively, as Kent State golfers occupied the top three spots.

Round-two leader Karyn Lee Ping of Eastern Michigan finished fourth (+10), followed by Hague (+11) after a challenging final round with stiff winds and some tough pin placements.

Kent State posted a final round of 300 to finish the championships at 895 (+31). Toledo (+52) held its ground in second place, while Eastern Michigan (+74) finished third.

Ball State bid farewell Sunday to a trio of seniors in Perry, Welch and Westaway, all of whom played their final collegiate event this weekend.

Hague, who entered the week as the nation's 107th-ranked player by Golfstat, has a chance to be selected for an NCAA Regional as an individual. The selection show airs Monday at 6 p.m. as part of Golf Central on Golf Channel. It will also be streamed on golfchannel.com.

Mid-American Conference Women’s Golf Awards

All-MAC First Team
Jenna Hague, Ball State
Josee Doyon, Kent State
Jennifer Ha, Kent State
Wad Phaewchimplee, Kent State
Sathika Ruenreong, Toledo

All-MAC Second Team
Kelsey Murphy, Eastern Michigan
Natalie Goodson, Kent State
Erin Hawe, Kent State
Taylor Kim, Kent State
Manisa Isavas, Toledo

Golfer of the Year
Jennifer Ha, Kent State

Freshman of the Year
Wad Phaewchimplee, Kent State

Sportswoman of the Year
Sarah Westaway, Ball State

Coach of the Year
Nicole Hollingsworth, Toledo

All-Tournament Team
Jennifer Ha, Kent State
Natalie Goodson, Kent State
Wad Phaewchimplee, Kent State
Karyn Lee Ping, Eastern Michigan
Jenna Hague, Ball State

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