POOLER, Ga. (May 20, 2016) – Savannah Quarters Country Club and the 2016 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship were marred by heavy rain over the last four days, but Cassidy Gibson and No. 13 Milligan College pulled a great result in the weather-shortened championship event on Friday. Gibson carded an even par 72 over the last 18 holes, and the Buffs finished 13th as a team, 11 strokes out of the top four.
The event featured numerous delays and suspensions of play as round one was completed over Tuesday and Wednesday, and the second and final round was completed over Thursday and Friday. Normally a four-day event with a cut after the first 54 holes, the decision was made Thursday to have all teams compete over two rounds.
Gibson (80-72, 152) finished 20th as an individual to lead Milligan (315-311, 626) to 13th as a team. It was a marked improvement for both as Gibson fired rounds of 78-79-85 and Milligan fired rounds of 331-327-330 at the national championship last season.
Megan Gaylor (77-78, 155) was the next Buff to finish, and the sophomore landed 38th on the leaderboard. Ann Sullivan (82-78, 160), Sarah Son (76-87, 163) and Kayland Boling (88-83, 171) followed in 66th, 79th, 111th, respectively.
This year’s national championship was won by No. 2 Keiser University (306-293, 599) as a team and Kaitlyn Riley (72-68, 140) of No. 5 University of the Cumberlands as an individual. Keiser was all square with University of the Cumberlands in the team standings after day one, but ran away with it over the last 18 holes.
For Milligan, this was once again a very successful season. After opening the 2015-16 year with a win at the Jim English Centre Fall Invitational, the Buffs followed that up with four more tournament victories over the course of the last nine months. This included winning three of the last four events during the spring, and winning each of the last two leading into the NAIA National Championship.
Gibson was a medalist twice this season, earned all-tournament six times, and rounded out her junior season with the Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Year honor.