ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. – No. 21 Augustana turned in a tournament-low round of 309 Tuesday to win the Central Region Championship with a three-round score of 955 at the Sierra Del Rio Golf Course. The Vikings were in third after the first round, moved into second after the second 18 and took the lead during Tuesday’s final round. Peggy Kirby’s team finished 12 strokes ahead of Colorado Mesa. The Mavericks held a 10-shot lead over Augustana after the opening round. The tournament win advances Augustana, which entered as the top seed, to the NCAA Championships for the fifth-consecutive season. Maggie Leland was the top finisher from Augustana; she carded a 17-over par 233, including a 76 on Tuesday, to finish third. CMU’s Jennifer Hilts and Western New Mexico’s Faylyn Beyale tied for first at 16-over 232. The NCAA Championships are May 16-19 at Persimmon Ridge Golf Course in Louisville, Ky.
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