SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. -- Freshman Madalyn Everts earned an all-tournament spot with a fourth-place individual finish, helping lead Tennessee Tech to the championship in the women's division of the inaugural Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate at the Sevierville Golf Course.
Trailing Murray State by one stroke after the first round was completed Tuesday morning, the Golden Eagles battled back to overtake their Ohio Valley Conference rivals for the title. Tech finished with rounds of 315 and 307 for a 36-hole team total 622. Murray State was second, shooting 314 and 310 for a 624 finish.
Lee University (629) was third, followed by Newberry (632) and Southern Illinois (634) in the top five. The 12-team final standings also included Eastern Kentucky (636), Belmont (637), Austin Peay (650), Presbyterian (660), Evansville (663), Northern Kentucky (675) and Northern Iowa (679). Tennessee State also competed, but didn't produce a team score when two individuals withdrew.
Delany Howson of Murray State captured medalist honors with a 75-74--149, one stroke ahead of three players who joined her on the all-tournament squad. They included Shaina Rennegarbe of Southern Illinois, Courtney Shelton of Lee, and Everts of Tech.
In addition to Everts, Tech's championship effort included Katherine Bell and Amber Shepherd, tied for seventh at 156, Megan Williamson, tied for 23rd at 160, and Amanda Randolph, tied for 54th at 174. Freshman Allison Geer also competed individually and tied for 23rd at 160.