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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark.  On Tuesday, the Great American Conference announced the results of its 2021 women’s golf preseason poll. Arkansas Tech edged Henderson State by a single point to enter as the favorite following a vote of the league’s head coaches.

When the 2020 season came to a halt, the Golden Suns ranked 15th in the WGCA poll. They return Second Team All-American Jacqueline Klemm. She finished inside the top 11 in all six starts, headlined by a win at the ATU Fall Invitational. Additional top returners include Katie Whitfield, who recorded a pair of sixth-place finishes and Allie Weiner, the 2019 GAC Championships medalist.

The Reddies received three first-place votes. All five of Henderson State’s regulars return, headlined by Taylor Loeb, an All-Region selection. She carded a pair of top-five finishes and never fell outside of the top 20. Allie Bianchi also twice finished inside the top five and Karen Lee produced two top-10 results.

Southwestern Oklahoma State placed third. Like the Reddies, the Bulldogs bring back all five regulars from 2019-20.  Zoe Morton finished as the Bulldogs top golfer four times in seven starts Her best performance came at the Diffie Ford Invitational where she tied for second place. Rebecca Lau recorded a seventh-place finish at the Midwest Classic

Harding took fourth, followed by Southern Nazarene. The Lady Bisons’ Kiera Smith carded three top-10 finishes in seven tournaments. She took fourth at the Natural State Golf Classic. Julie Fierro added two top-10s, including a third-place effort at the NSU Golf Classic. The Crimson Storm’s Bailey Blake paced Southern Nazarene at a pair of tournaments including a third place showing at the RCB-UCO Classic.

Oklahoma Baptist finished sixth the poll with Southern Arkansas in seventh. The Bison bring back its five regulars in Elly Baze, Michelle Carr, Hayden Meiser, Josie Patterson and Shelby Phillips. Arkansas-Monticello and Northwestern Oklahoma State rounded out the poll.

Harding and Oklahoma Baptist will tee it up first as both head to Central Missouri’s Southern Invitational in Carrollton, Texas. All nine teams will compete at Northeastern State’s Women’s Classic two weeks later. The GAC Championship will take place from April 18-20 from the Hot Springs Country Club.



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