CU women tie for seventh, Pages Preuss ties for fifth at NAIA Championships
Friday, May 17, 2019
CU women tie for seventh, Pages Preuss ties for fifth at NAIA Championships
Ana Laura Pages Preuss shot a final-round even-par 72 and tied for fifth at the NAIA Championships. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Junior Ana Laura Pages Preuss posted four birdies en route to an even-par 72 and a tie for fifth individually while junior Raquel Romero Valverde carded a final-round 75, as Cumberland women’s golf tied for seventh in the team standings Friday at the 39th Annual NAIA Women’s Golf Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Cumberland made the cut for the first time in three trips to the national tournament and steadily climbed up the leader board throughout the week, tying for seventh along with Northwestern Ohio in the 30-team field on the West Course at Lincoln Park Golf Club.

Pages Preuss shot two-over on the front nine with three bogeys and a birdie at No. 5. The Mallorca, Spain, native blistered the back nine with three birdies and four pars before ending the round with a bogey at No. 18 for the even-par 72, earning All-Tournament honors with her Top 5 finish.

Romero Valverde ended the tournament with steady play, registering 13 pars in her round. The Palafrugell, Spain, native collected two bogeys and a birdie on the front nine and was one-over through 16 holes until bogeys at Nos. 17 and 18 produced three-over 75. She tied for 49th overall.

Freshman Maria Pilar Scenna rode a roller coaster of birdies and bogeys throughout the day, registering three birdies and seven bogeys for a four-over 76. The Marbella, Spain, native netted pars and holes one and two as well as eight and nine but tallied two birdies and three bogeys in-between.

She recorded four bogeys over a six-hole stretch on the back side but added a birdie at No. 12 and finished the day with two pars and a tie for 34th individually.

Senior Kelsey Spivey posted five pars and four bogeys on the front nine and added five more pars and three bogeys on the back. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native collected a birdie at No. 14 for a six-over 78, tying for 68th overall.

Senior Anna Leigh Cleveland was also four-over on the front side with three bogeys, a double bogey and a birdie at No. 4. The Lebanon native tallied five more pars and ended the round with a birdie at No. 18, shooting an 80 to finish her Phoenix career.

The University of British Columbia won the event by five strokes over Keiser University. Cumberland finished with a 72-hole team score of 1206, just two shots from fifth place.

t5. Ana Laura Pages Preuss – 74-73-71-72=290
t34. Maria Pilar Scenna – 78-75-73-76=302
t49. Raquel Romero Valverde – 76-79-76-75=306
t68. Kelsey Spivey – 76-82-77-78=313
91. Anna Leigh Cleveland – 91-78-76-80=325

1. University of British Columbia – 294-296-294-291=1175
2. Keiser University – 297-296-296-291=1180
3. SCAD-Savannah – 302-294-302-292=1190
4. Oklahoma City University – 287-319-296-293=1195
5. University of the Cumberlands – 304-299-301-300=1204
6. Dalton State College – 293-309-302-301=1205
t7. Cumberland University – 304-305-296-301=1206
t7. Northwestern Ohio – 302-301-303-300=1206
9. Loyola University [LA] – 300-306-298-305=1209
10. Oregon Tech – 304-314-296-296=1210
11. William Carey – 298-313-300-304=1215
12. Taylor University – 313-305-298-303=1219
13. Southeastern University – 316-303-306-302=1227
14. William Penn – 315-309-301-304=1229
15. Texas Wesleyan – 301-321-300-310-1232
16. South Carolina-Beaufort – 309-316-307-305=1237
17. SCAD-Atlanta – 312-315-308-313-1248