William Woods University Golf Teams Earn High Rankings

Myriam Hassan, a sophomore from Newport, South Wales, hits a shot during the WWU fall invitational. She was named AMC Player and Freshman of the Year in her first season with WWU. She was also named to the All-American first team.
Myriam Hassan, a sophomore from Newport, South Wales, hits a shot during the WWU fall invitational. She was named AMC Player and Freshman of the Year in her first season with WWU. She was also named to the All-American first team.

William Woods University is taking the collegiate golf world by storm, with both the men’s and women’s teams ranked in the NAIA and Golfstat top 10.

Since the last rankings were released, both teams won the William Woods University Spring Invitational; however, the next rankings will not be announced until April 11.

At the invitational, the No. 4-ranked men’s team picked up its third straight win of the season, as the Owls won by 41 shots. The team scored a 563 (286-287) and set a new school record being 11-under par through 18 holes of play and 13-under par through 36 holes.

The No. 6-ranked William Woods University women’s golf team picked up its fourth straight WWU invitational victory, as the Owls scored a 621 (321-300) for the 21-shot win.

“I am pleased with how our teams have performed thus far on the year,” golf coach Barry Doty said. “We have a talented group of players and if they continue to work hard, we could have a very successful year.”

No other Missouri schools are ranked in the NAIA top 25. Central Missouri University and the University of Missouri-

Julian Taylor, a junior from York, England, has the 22nd best average score in the NAIA at 72.92. He had a historic freshman year for the Owls as he was William Woods University’s first-ever recipient of the Phil Mickelson Award, which is giving to the most outstanding freshman in all of the NAIA.
Julian Taylor, a junior from York, England, has the 22nd best average score in the NAIA at 72.92. He had a historic freshman year for the Owls as he was William Woods University’s first-ever recipient of the Phil Mickelson Award, which is giving to the most outstanding freshman in all of the NAIA.

St. Louis men’s teams are ranked No. 5 and 17, respectively, in the NCAA Division 2 rankings, while Washington University women are ranked No. 2 in Division 3.

The men’s team moved up two spots to No. 4 in the top 25 NAIA poll and No. 2 in the Golfstat rankings after winning the Embry-Riddle Eagle Invitational and the Lindenwood University-Belleville Invitational by a combined 48 shots.

The women’s golf team dropped one spot to No. 6 in the third edition of the NAIA top 25 poll, after two top five finishes during the last few weeks. The team is ranked eighth by Golfstat.

The William Woods University women’s golf team
The William Woods University women’s golf team

The women finished in fifth place at the Embry-Riddle Eagle Invitational March 18, but responded well with a first-place victory at the Lindenwood University-Belleville Spring Invitational March 25.

Both men’s and women’s golf teams have three tournaments left before the AMC championship May 5 and 6 and the NAIA national championship May 20-23.

William Woods University is a coeducational, independent, professions-oriented, liberal arts-based institution committed to developing students for professional life. Founded in 1870, William Woods expanded its mission in 1992 to address the educational needs of working adults. WWU is located on 200 scenic acres in Fulton, Mo., but serves students at locations statewide and in Arkansas.