British Columbia holds off SCAD for NAIA crown

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During the final round of the NAIA National Championship, it looked as if the tournament could easily go one of two ways: to British Columbia or to Savannah College of Art and Design. The two schools traded the lead May 18 at Links Hills Golf and Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn., before British Columbia ended the day two shots ahead of SCAD.

The national title is the second for British Columbia in the past three years, and the fourth in program history. It took a come-from-behind victory as SCAD surged into the lead on the final nine holes. The Thunderbirds’ top four golfers went a combined 1 under on the final three holes while SCAD’s top four went 7 over, allowing the Thunderbirds to clinch the national championship at 43-over 1,211.

Alyssa Human, playing the final NAIA event of her career for British Columbia, may have been the difference. Human birdied Nos. 16 and 17 to put her team in the lead.

She recorded birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to help her team take the lead.

“We’re just elated and surprised,” British Columbia head coach Chris MacDonald said. “We expected to be competing against some different teams, but then we ran up against SCAD, who were just courageous out there. We literally played head-to-head with them for three days. I’ve never been through anything like that before where it was so close the entire [tournament].”

Embry Riddle finished two shots behind SCAD at 47-over 1,215. William Woods was fourth at 56-over 1,224.

The individual title went to Victoria’s Megan Woodland with an even-par 292 total.

–Information from British Columbia Athletics used in this report.

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