MISSION HILLS, Kan. – UMKC women’s golf finished second Friday at the Western Athletic Conference Championship at Indian Hills Country Club. The Roos finished five strokes behind New Mexico State. Cynthia Diaz (Bucaramanga, Colombia) placed fourth individually, four shots back. She was named first-team All-WAC while Mackenzie Black (Independence, Iowa) earned second-team All-WAC honors.
"A hard-fought season that comes to an end is never enjoyable yet there is a lot to be proud of," head coach Brianna Broderick said. "These young ladies came out of the gate this morning ready to play, and their energy out on the course was electric. Each and every one of them fought until the very end, and while the result could have gone either way, they never gave in."
At the turn, UMKC grabbed a 4-shot lead. The Roos were unable to hold off the powerful attack of New Mexico State down the stretch.
Diaz shot 74 (+4) in the third round and finished at 13-over for the tournament. She nearly recorded a hole-in-one on the third hole when her tee shot rolled within a foot of the hole.
"Cynthia's first-team all-conference honor is a mere reflection of the talented young lady she is," Broderick said. "Her attitude, approach and mindset is what a coach desires for every player they coach, and we are fortunate to have her lead our team with the other upperclassmen for two more years."
Chandler Gallagher (Kansas City, Mo.) carded a 75 (+5) with two birdies in the final round. She tied for ninth individually, moving up five spots Friday.
Black moved up nine spots in the third round with a 72 (+2). She notched three birdies on the front nine and tied for 13th individually.
"Mackenzie's hard work, determination and never-give-in attitude were rewarded with her second-team all-conference honor," Broderick said. "She is one of the hardest workers we have ever had the opportunity to coach, and I am extremely excited to see what her future holds as a UMKC alumna."
New Mexico State won its fourth consecutive WAC team championship. Suthavee Chanachai of the Aggies won the individual title by a stroke and was also named the WAC Player and Freshman of the Year.
The Roos close the spring season with three top-five finishes in five tournaments.
"The next greatest thing is unknown and we will look forward to discovering what this team's future holds," Broderick said. "Our two seniors - Abbey and Mackenzie - helped build a very strong foundation and I cannot thank them enough."
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