Freshman Taylor Thompson closed out a great debut season by finishing 42nd overall at the NAIA Women's Golf National Champion
Freshman Taylor Thompson closed out a great debut season by finishing 42nd overall at the NAIA Women's Golf National Champion
Women's Golf - Fri, May. 23, 2014

Lincoln, Neb. - Just missing the cut for the fourth and final round by a single stroke, Saint Xavier University freshman Taylor Thompson (East Galesburg, Ill./Knoxville) closed out her first appearance Thursday at the NAIA Women's Golf National Championships in Lincoln, Neb., with an impressive three-day score of 238 (83, 76, 79).  Played at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club (Par 72, 5962 yards) in Lincoln, the tournament started on Tuesday, May 20, with three straight daily rounds of 18 and the top 40 individual scorers making the cut for Friday's final round.  There were 144 golfers competing in the tough field of nationally qualifying teams and individuals from across the country.
 

"Although Taylor missed the cut by one shot, she played a great tournament coming back very strong after a shaky opening round," said SXU golf coach Mike Mandakas.  "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 as a collegiate golfer at Saint Xavier University.  She had numerous top-10 finishes at various tournaments throughout the year and also won the individual title at the 2014 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Women's Golf Championship, which earned her the automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships.  She was also voted the 2014 CCAC Women's Golf Player of the Year in her first season of competition.

To read more about the Day Three recap and to see final team and individual results following the third day of action at the 2014 NAIA Women's Golf National Championships, please click here