Thompson solid for Cougars in NAIA golf tourney
She missed the final-round cut by just a single stroke, but St. Xavier University freshman Taylor Thompson still beat out 102 golfers at last Tuesday’s NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships in Lincoln, Neb.
Thompson shot rounds of 83, 76 and 79 during her three days at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, a par-72, 5,962-yard course. Her 238 total was good for 42nd place. The top 40 golfers advanced into the fourth round.
“Although Taylor missed the cut, she played a great tournament [by] coming back very strong after a shaky opening round,” Cougars coach Mike Mandakas said. “She handled herself very well as a freshman playing alongside the best collegiate golfers in the country. I know Taylor will take a lot from this experience and get herself prepared for a return trip next year.”
Thompson had a stellar debut season at SXU, registering numerous top-10 tourney finishes and winning the individual title at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Championship. That victory secured for her an automatic bid to the NAIA event and helped Thompson get named the conference’s Women’s Player of the Year.