(Photo courtesy DSU Athletics/Scott Garrett)
By Steve Johnson, Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Collegiate Licensing at Dixie State University
(ST. GEORGE, Utah – May 3, 2018) Dixie State had two players selected for the 2017-18 All-Pacific West Conference Women's Golf Team, as announced on Thursday by the conference office based on voting by the league's head coaches. Junior Katie Ford was voted first team all-conference and freshman Cailyn Cardall was named to the third team.
Ford (St. George, Utah/Desert Hills HS/Utah Valley University), who was a three-time PacWest Player of the Week honoree this past season, became the second Trailblazer in the program’s brief six-year history to qualify for NCAA postseason competition as she will play in the 2018 NCAA Division II Women’s Super Region IV Championships this upcoming Monday-through Wednesday in Durango, Colo.
The junior won two spring tournaments, including the Point Loma Reach 2018 Inv'l (+2 146; 2/5-6) and the Colorado State-Pueblo Pack Spring Inv'l (-2 142; 3/25-26). She also posted a runner-up finish at the Dixie State Fall Invitational (10/2-3) and recorded four top-10 showings. In all, Ford placed in the top-20 in six of nine events overall, including an 11th-place finish at the 2018 Pacific West Conference Championships (4/23-25).
Ford heads into next week’s NCAA super regional as the DSU single-season record holder for scoring average at 75.26, having recorded a team-high three rounds of par or better in 19 competitive rounds.
Cardall (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS) collected five top-20 finishes in nine events, including a season-best t-13th place showing at the PacWest Championships, and recorded three-straight top-20s (at CSU-Pueblo, WNMU and PWC) to close the spring season. She finished second on the team with a 78.37 scoring average in 19 competitive rounds with one round of par or better.
Dixie State closed out the team portion of its 2017-18 season with a fifth-place finish at the PacWest Women’s Golf Championships in April.