90-stroke victory: 14th-ranked Harding Women's Golf dominates at classic

From Harding University

The 14th-ranked Harding women's golf team dominated the 2012 Bison Fall Golf Classic, winning by 90 strokes on Tuesday at Greystone Country Club.

It was Harding's first win of the 2012 fall season and its first victory since winning the 2012 Great American Conference championship in April. The Lady Bisons have won 11 tournaments since the program's inception in 2005.

Harding led by 38 strokes after the first round and extended that lead by topping second-place Arkansas-Monticello by 52 strokes in Tuesday's second round. The Lady Bisons shot 325-322—647. Arkansas-Monticello shot 737, followed by Lyon at 766, and Southern Arkansas at 769.

Sophomore Emily Plyler led the Lady Bisons. She followed her first round 79 with a tournament-best 77 on Tuesday for a 156 total. Plyler highlighted her round by sinking a 50-foot putt on the 18th hole to force a playoff with Arkansas-Monticello's Pamela Quiatchon.

Quitatchon won the hotly-contested playoff on the third hole, but Harding had the next four highest finishers.

Plyler led the tournament with 21 pars and played the par 5s at a tournament-best 1-under par.

Harding sophomore Brittany Marquez, the 45th-ranked player in Division II, was third at 158. She led the Lady Bisons with three birdies and was the only player in the tournament to play the par 3s at even par.

Lady Bison senior So-Yun Kim was fourth at 162 and was second on the team with 20 pars. Senior Becca Godman also had two birdies and finished fifth at 171.

Harding plays its final tournament of the fall on Oct. 29-30 at the Henderson State Invitational in Glenwood, Ark.