Warren, OH. – The Wheeling University women’s golf team started day three with a five-stroke lead at the Mountain East Conference (MEC) Women’s Golf Championship. They finished Day 3 by winning the third MEC Championship in program history, finishing the three-round event with a score of 997 and a 15-stroke lead over second-placed Glenville State.
They were the only team on the pitch to complete the three-day event with a score below 1,000, and the third day was the strongest for the entire team. Four of Wheeling’s five golfers finished with an 85 or less as they added 11 strokes to their day two lead and won the MEC Championship for the first time since the 2015 season.
The winner of the MEC Women’s Golf Championship was a junior Emily holzopfel, who shot an 80 on the final day of the MEC Championships. She scored an 81 or better in all three rounds and ends the conference program with her best performance of the year. She was also named to the All-Tournament squad for her efforts as she wrapped up a busy fall season.
Wheeling’s other two top ten on the pitch were seniors Olivia zampedro and first year Nicole Linciome. The two women finished tied for ninth in the field with scores of 253, and they both shot identical 84s on the third day of play. Zampedro ended his senior season with the best performance of his career at the MEC Championship. , rising 13 places in the standings from his 22nd place at last year’s event. Lincicome started his college career with a ninth place finish and is looking to use the experience to help him down the line.
Junior Zoila Herrera came fourth for the Cardinals and 11th overall, with a total of 256. She had the second-best score on Day 3 of the tournament for the Cardinals, with an 81, and climbed five places in the standings after finishing the second day. Junior Kylee Tolliver finished the day with a 91 and finished the MEC Championships with a 276. She managed to place in the top 30, finishing 28th overall, making the five golfers the top 30 in the Wheeling at the event.
The victory is the third MEC championship for the head coach Sue Vail, and the first the program has won since the 2015-2016 season. It was their second-lowest team score in an MEC Championship event, just behind their score of 982 at the 2015/2016 MEC Women’s Golf Championships. Vail is proud of her team’s efforts and how well they fought throughout the night.
The Wheeling University women’s golf team is ending its fall season with a championship for the third time in program history and heading into the offseason looking to build on its success.