College of the Ozarks women’s golf team, in only their third year of competition, has qualified to play in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) 2019 Women’s Golf National Championship. The event will take place at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida on October 21-23.
The Lady Bobcats have kicked off their season in fine fashion, collecting one first-place and two third-place team finishes to date.
Bianca Cunningham, a true freshman from Dallas, Texas, has played a key role in the Lady Bobcats’ success, as she has posted the team’s best scores in each of the team’s three tournaments for the 2019-20 season. Cunningham has finished second, fourth (tie), and fifth to date. However, golf is a team event that requires 4 of 5 participating scores to be counted, and all members of the team have stepped up to meet the challenge. Newcomer Katelyn Swope (Pea Ridge, Ark.), sophomore Hannah Aherin (Ozark, Mo.), and junior Kate Voss have all posted multiple Top 20 finishes this season. Seniors Ashley Stanphill and Skyler Kistler have been significant contributors as well.
The NCCAA National Championship is scheduled to be played on the resort’s Ocean Course. This top 100 golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, not only winds along pristine wetlands and sparkling lakes, but also plays six holes directly on the Atlantic Ocean. The event will include 54-hole stroke play, with the best 4 of 5 scores counted daily.
Prior to the start of the event, all teams will participate in a Christian Service Project, where they will partner with the Rise Against Hunger organization to provide thousands of meals to those in need.
“I am incredibly proud of our ladies,” stated Chris Larsen, head golf coach. “They have been working hard and steadily improving, while also balancing the challenges of travel, practice, and competition amidst keeping up with their coursework and the demands of their on-campus work assignments. We are all very excited to participate in this amazing opportunity.”