SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Makenzie Shivers won for the second time in as many tournaments, Sunday, coming from one stroke behind and using a hole-in-one to highlight a 4-under par back nine, shooting 74 to finish the two-day event in 151. It was Shivers' fourth win of the season and her 32 on the back nine was the lowest nine-hole score in school history.
Shivers turned in 42 after a double-bogey on eight and a bogey at nine, but she birdied the 10th before holing out on the 129-yard par-3 11th with a 7-iron. She followed that with a birdie at 12, and posted pars the rest of the way on the back side.
"I'm thrilled for Makenzie, because earlier in the week, we were talking about holes in one and she hadn't had one. She wasn't sure she'd ever get one, and when (Becky Crosby) told her it went in, she still wasn't buying it until she saw it. It was just a great moment for our program," said Park coach Steve Wilson. "Our team didn't finish the way I wanted, but 327 is a good team score. We just can't bury ourselves like that on the first day."
The Pirates were 16 strokes better on day two but were jumped by William Jewell, bouncing back in fifth place, 16 strokes ahead of NCAA Division II Maryville. The Pirates shot 670 for the week, getting 85s on Sunday from Leeah Shipley and Rachel Hoffman, while Genevieve Stelmacovich improved by 13 shots to shoot 83. Lauren Birkeness added 99 for the Pirates' drop score.
"Again, it's not how we wanted to go in to conference in terms of place, but this was an awesome field. I'm happy with the way we hung around against teams from a good NCAA Division II conference," Wilson said. "This will show us the level of competition that these five girls will see next week at Redfield."
Host Illinois-Springfield shot 311 to come from behind to win, shooting 640 for the two days, four better than Lewis at 644. Southern Indiana finished fourth, in front of Park, while Jewell jumped to third.
The Pirates play their final scheduled event of the season May 1-2, at Redfield Country Club in Eugene, Missouri, in the American Midwest Conference Championship.