Dalton State golf: Lady Roadrunners finish sixth in the nation

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Dalton State College's Isabel Rijos earned all-tournament honors for her ninth-place finish at nationals this week.

The Dalton State College women's golf team ended its season Friday with a sixth-place finish at the NAIA National Championships at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The No. 4-ranked Lady Roadrunners finished with their second-best round on Friday of the four-day tournament with its team score of 301 (+13). They ended with a total score of 1,205 (+53). Taking home the trophy was British Columbia which finished with a total score of 1,175 (+23).

Dalton State has finished the past two years in fourth place at the national tournament and coach Jim McGrew said his golfer were disappointed on Friday.

"The expectations in this program are so high, and then you finish sixth and you have to look at the big picture," he said. "I'm glad it is that way and they are disappointed because it shows how hard they work, but you also want them to realize that that's quite an accomplishment."

Ultimately, McGrew said the finish wasn't what the team was looking for but was excited to once again be competing with the best in the country.

Isabel Rijos had the best finish for the Lady Roadrunners tied for ninth with an overall score of 292 (+4), also taking home all-tournament honors. Katie Dalton is the only senior to be leaving the team and finished the tournament tied for 34th at 302 (+14). Cameron Daniel finished tied for 46th at 305 (+17) and Hannah Gasaway rounded out scoring tied for 54th with a 307 (+19).

All five golfers shot in the 70s for at least one day of the tournament, which McGrew said he was most proud.

"It's encouraging," he said. "It's really been a great year."

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