Former prep golfers Lauren Scholl. Campbellsville College; Justin Moore Eastern Kentucky University and Eric King, Cumberland College, all turned in impressive collegiate efforts recently on the links.

Lauren Scholl, former Pulaski Co. High School three-time all-state golfer, won the NAIA Region XI Golf Championship on Friday at Cherry Blossom Golf Course in Georgetown, Ky. Lauren was also voted Player of the Year in the Mid-South Conference/Region X1.

Lauren, a freshmen at Campbellsville University, won three tournaments out of four in the fall season. She has won two tournaments this spring including this Region XI Championships and finished runner-up in every other tournament.

Scholl has qualified for the NAIA Women’s National Golf Tournament after winning the combined Mid-South Conference/NAIA Region XI Golf Tournament this past Thursday and Friday in Georgetown.

Scholl shot an opening round 80 on Thursday to lead Lindsey Wilson’s Beth Cooper by one stroke. But on Friday, Cooper finished with a 77, one better than Scholl’s 78. With both players tied at 158, Scholl managed a par on the first play-off hole to win the medal and advance to the NAIA National Tournament.

Lindsey Wilson’s team won the overall event with a combined score of 669 while Trevecca Nazarene shot a combined 707 to finish second in the Regional Tournament. Campbellsville’s 712 placed the Lady Tigers third in the Region XI tournament, but second in the Mid-South Tournament. The tournaments are played concurrently as schools comprised of the Mid-South Conference and Tran-South Conference make up Region XI.

Lindsey Wilson will now advance to the NAIA National Tournament May 23-26th at South Bend, Indiana.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Kentucky men's golf team became the Colonels' first team to win a conference title this year after capturing the 2006 OVC Championship. Bringing an eight-stroke lead into this morning's final round, the Colonels, winning the league championship for the first time since 1997, took the crown in dramatic fashion.

Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee Tech ended the tournament tied at 881 and the conference’s representative to the NCAA Championships was decided in a play-off at the first hole. The Colonels had two birdies, one par and two bogeys while TTU had one birdie, two pars and two bogeys. Former Somerset High School standout Justin Moore delivered one of the birdies for the victorious Colonels.

Sophomore Shaun McConnell fired a 74, his low round of the event, while classmates Phil Hendrickson and Justin Moore each carded 75’s.

This is the tenth time that Eastern Kentucky has won the conference tournament.

Eastern earns the league’s automatic berth in the NCAA Championships and the regionals will be announced on May 8. The Colonels will travel to Orlando, Florida, Cleveland, Ohio or Tucson, Ariz.

Cumberland College senior Eric King, of Ferguson, Ky., led the Patriots to an fifth place finish in the NAIA Region XI Tournament. King fired a 223 to place 11th in the tournament. Former Somerset High standout Justin Price, a sophomore, fired a 225 to place 14th in the tournament.

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