Lion Women’s Golf continues hot streak at Henderson State

Tyler McDonough, Sr. Sports Reporter

The women’s squad with their runner-up trophy at Henderson State | Photo by Lion Athletics

By Tyler McDonough | Sr. Sports Reporter

Mountain Home, Ark.- The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s golf team had a strong outing this week at the Henderson State Invitational as the women brought home second place behind two top five performances from Sarah Wongsith and Paige-Lee Garris.

The second place finish is the Lions eighth straight top five finish this season and is there second runner-up finish this year. The Lions shot a 901 total for the 54-hole event with scores of 305-293-303 for a +37 total. The Lions finished eight strokes behind host school Henderson State.

“It’s a great day to be a Lion. I’m pretty pleased with the way the ladies played today,” said head coach Matt Ward. “We were a little disappointed because we were hoping we could get the win but we’ll take second place. It’s been a consistently solid season for these ladies. They’re getting more and more comfortable with being in contention and playing with good competition. They’re understanding what it takes to be a solid team in every event.

Sarah Wongsith (Udon Thani, Thailand) led the Lions as she placed third on the individual leaderboard, shooting round of 76-70-74 for a score of +4. The third place finish is her fourth top-5 finish of the year.

Paige-Lee Garris (West Palm Beach, Fla.) was right behind Wongsith as she placed fourth on the individual leaderboard, shooting scores of 77-71-74 for a +6 final score. It is her second top-5 finish of the season.

Lauren Bentley (League City – Clear Creek) placed 13th as she fired rounds of 75-74-79, for a +12 finish. Makena Thomas (San Antonio – Reagan) placed 28th with rounds 77-78-77 (+16), and Sophie-Charlott Hempel (Pirmasens, Germany) placed 39th with scores of 81-80-78 (+23).

“We’ve got a couple more tournaments to go and I think we’re peaking at the right time.” Ward said. I’m very proud of them and the way things are going and we’ll try to win another one in Fort Smith next week.”