BGSU’s Davis repeats as MAC Sportswomen of Year


GROVE CITY, Ohio – The Bowling Green State University women’s golf team placed eighth at the 2024 Mid-American Conference to conclude the season.

BGSU’s Kayla Davis was named the MAC’s Sportswoman of the Year for the second year in a row, as voted on by all the competitors at the Championship.

Davis is the first Falcon to win the award twice and only the third in MAC women’s golf history and first since 2003. Ohio’s Candi Artz earned the award in 2001 and shared the honor with Toledo’s Angie Kephert in 2002. Kephert repeated in 2003.

Kayla Davis scored a birdie on her final collegiate hole to finish her career with a 77.01 scoring average, which ranks second all-time in the BGSU record books. Davis was tied for fifth in par-5 scoring at 1-under-par at the MAC Tournament.

“This year has been pivotal in moving BGSU women’s golf in the direction that we want it to go,” BGSU coach Erin Fahey said. “I want to give a huge thank you and congratulations to Kayla Davis. Her career has been legendary and so special to this program.

“She has certainly left BGSU better than she found it, and her impact has been felt throughout the entire MAC. To win back-to-back MAC Sportswomen of the Year awards speaks for itself. I am so proud of her.” Erin Fahey, BGSU women’s golf head coach

The 2024 MAC Championship was hosted by Ohio at the par-72, 6,201-yard Pinnacle Golf Club.

“We came up a little short of our team goal this week at the conference championship. We put ourselves in good position after the first round, and then unfortunately fell a few spots in round two,” BGSU coach Erin Fahey said.

“I’m proud of them for fighting during round 3 and moving up a spot in the team standings. Overall, this has been a fantastic year for the Falcons. We have broken records multiple times, had four top three finishes including a team win, and had an individual win.

Ava O’Sullivan broke the BGSU single-season average mark with a 75.18 scoring average per round. She broke the record set by Kayla Davis last year (75.4).

Sammie Dolce broke the program record for lowest freshman average with a 75.65. She broke the previous record held by current head coach Erin Fahey, which was set in 2016. In the MAC tournament, Dolce was tied for fourth on par-3 scoring at plus-two.

Olivia Steen was tied for fifth with seven birdies.

Fifth-year senior Amelia Lee finished in fifth place and earned a spot on the all-tournament team for Toledo to their second-place finish. Also golfing for Toledo were junior Kyleigh Dull (Lakota) and senior Macy Hanus (Bowling Green)

The Rockets began the day two strokes behind 25-time defending champion Kent State but finished 11 shots behind the Golden Flashes at the par-72, 6,201-yard Pinnacle Golf Club. The second-place showing was UT’s sixth in program history and second under coach Jenny Coluccio.

“We were right there and fighting each hole,” Coluccio said. “I’m incredibly proud of our team’s grace under pressure today. The conditions and course setup were very challenging and once again everyone rose to the challenge.

“Our year has been like putting together a puzzle one piece at a time, building on each event and lesson learned. This group is special, and our seniors will be missed dearly.”

Lee earned a spot on the MAC All-Tournament Team after finishing at 10-over par 226, just four shots behind KSU’s co-medalists Hester Sicking (76-74-72) and Leon Takagi (71-74-77). The Golden Flashes Veronika Kedronova placed third at eight-over par, while Ball State’s Sarah Gallagher was fourth at nine-over.

Senior Angel Hii also finished in the Top 10 after carding UT’s best round of the day with a three-over par 75 to tie for eighth place with at 230. That was two spots higher than her previous best conference finish of 10th place as a freshman.

Junior Yedam Lee finished just out of the Top 10, placing 11th at 231 for her best showing in the MAC Tournament. Rounding out the Rockets’ lineup were Dull (T-17th/237) and Hanus (T-19th/238).

Bowling Green Results

T21 – Olivia Steen – 80-79-81-240 (+24)

T25 – Makenna Jones – 76-84-81-241 (+25)

T30 – Sammie Dolce – 79-84-79-242 (+26)

T37 – Ava O’Sullivan – 80-77-87-244 (+28)

T46 – Kayla Davis – 88-87-80-255 (+39)

Team Standings

1. Kent State 296-312-301-909 (+45)

2. Toledo 305-305-310-920 (+56)

3. Northern Illinois 310-311-316-937 (+73)

4. Ball State 317-318-304-939 (+75)

5. Central Michigan 315-319-313-947 (+83)

6. Ohio 321-316-314-951 (+87)

7. Akron 316-315-323-954 (+90)

8. Bowling Green 315-324-321-960 (+96)

9. Western Michigan 322-319-331-972 (+108)

10. Eastern Michigan 322-319-331 (+972)

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