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Women’s golf seizes AAC title

Tanner Cook • Apr 11, 2018 at 7:23 PM

The Milligan College women’s golf team captured the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season title on Tuesday with an all-tournament finish from junior Sarah Son.

The No. 17 Lady Buffs took fifth — third amongst AAC teams — at the AAC Spring Championship, which was enough to keep the lead from the fall championship on the way to winning the AAC regular season title.

The regular season title combines scores from the fall and spring championships. Milligan won by a six-stroke margin. The Buffs won the fall championship by 10 strokes before finishing within five strokes of the AAC competition at the spring championship.

Son finished third overall with rounds of 73 and 81 (154). Megan Gaylor was next behind Son with rounds of 83 and 80 (163) to finish tied for 12th.

While the AAC regular season champion is determined through the fall and spring championships, the individual player of the year honor will not be determined until after the NAIA AAC Direct Qualifier.

Currently Son is in second place, only one stroke off the leader, for the player of the year. Gaylor is fourth individually, 10 strokes back.

Milligan's next tournament is the NAIA AAC Direct Qualifier, scheduled for Monday-Tuesday, April 23-24, at Tega Cay Golf Club in Tega Cay, South Carolina. The tournament serves as the automatic qualifier for the NAIA Women's Golf National Championship, and Milligan has won it each of the last three seasons.

BASEBALL

The baseball team took two out of three in the last home series against Union, but dropped Monday’s doubleheader at the University of the Cumberlands.

The Buffs currently sit sixth in the conference, with three more series against AAC foes left on the schedule. However, two of them are on the road.

The first three-game set is at Point this weekend. The last home series is April 27-28 with a doubleheader tentatively scheduled for Saturday against Tennessee Wesleyan.

The Buffs’ current record is 14-22 with an 8-10 record in the conference.

SOFTBALL

The Lady Buffs’ eight-game winning streak came to a halt on Tuesday as the team lost both games of the doubleheader on the road against Tennessee Wesleyan.

Milligan had a quick turnaround with a doubleheader at home against Union, and bounced back to win 4-1 in the first game and 9-1 in the second. The Lady Buffs improved to 20-12 on the season and 13-5 in the AAC. They also picked up wins No. 11 and 12 at home this season while only dropping two games at Anglin Field. 

The team will have two more home dates, playing Reinhardt on April 16 and Tusculum on April 22.

CYCLING

The cycling team has been rolling along lately, making a good showing at the home meet at the end of March. The last two meets of the road season will be over the next two weekends at Appalachian State and at Clemson, respectively.

The USA Cycling Collegiate Road Racing National Championships are scheduled to be held in Grand Junction, Colorado, on May 4-6.

Historically, the Buffs have fared well in the road racing championships.

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