Midway, Ky. – Shortly after the conclusion of the 2017 NAIA Women's Golf National Championship, the NAIA released the 2016-17 NAIA Women's Golf Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll.
For the first time in program history, the Midway University women's golf team found themselves in the top 25 coming in at No. 23. The Eagles have been 'receiving votes' before, but have never catapulted into the top 25.
The coaches' postseason ranking comes on the heels of the 2017 NAIA Women's Golf National Championship in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. at PGA National.
Midway was making their second consecutive trip to the NAIA National Championship after they won the River States Conference Women's Golf Championship in late April.
The Eagles finished the NAIA Women's Golf National Championship in 23rd place after finishing with a two-round score of 688 (341-347).
The NAIA National Championship might not have went the way that the Eagles had hoped, but the future is bright for two-time RSC Women's Golf Coach of the Year, Otis Smith, and his club.
Midway will return everyone in their National Championship lineup including All-RSC First Team performers, Kathryn Lawler (Georgetown, Ky.) and Hannah Scroggins (Williamstown, Ky.). Lawler was also named the RSC Golfer of the Year, while Scroggins took home RSC Newcomer of the Year honors.
The Eagles also return All-RSC Second Team honorees Chelsea Schack (Alexandria, Ky.) and Rylee Beard (Campbellsville, Ky.). Juniors, Amanda Cox (Willisburg, Ky.) and Kelsey Whitehouse (Bowling Green, Ky.) will also be returning in 2017-18.
Midway will not only welcome back everyone in their lineup, but they will also welcome in a pair of talented freshman. Hannah Ritchie, a senior at George Rodgers Clark High School, and Jenna Lewis, a senior at Shelby County High School, will join the program in 2017-18.
"Returning everyone in our lineup as well as adding Hannah and Jenna will only strengthen our team next year," said Otis Smith. "The incoming freshman and rest of the team will compete hard for a top five spot next year; that competition will be harder than some tournaments."
Midway will begin their quest for a third consecutive River States Conference Women's Golf Championship in September 2017 when they begin the 2017-18 season.
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