Morales Wins Individual Title in Heber Springs

Arkansas Tech junior Ana Morales defeated Soyun Kim of Harding University in a sudden death playoff on Tuesday to win the women’s individual title at the Natural State Golf Classic in Heber Springs.

Morales (photographed) rallied from a three-stroke deficit to catch Kim during the final round and force the playoff. Morales posted rounds of 78 and 81 for a 159 total, while Kim shot 75-84 to post a 36-hole total of 159.

It was the third consecutive title for Morales, who has also won the Lyon College Invitational and the Southern Arkansas Invitational this spring.

Harding captured the team championship. The Lady Bisons returned team scores of 322 and 330 for a 652 total. Arkansas Tech shot 336-329 for a 665 total and a runner-up finish.

A total of eight teams participated in the women’s portion of the event, which was the Golden Suns’ final tune-up before the Gulf South Conference Tournament.

Kyla McIsaac (T-7th, 83-84-167), Niki Possage (T-9th, 90-78-168), Alyssia DuVall (19th, 89-86-175) and Megan Kelley (21st, 86-93-179) also represented Arkansas Tech at the Natural State Golf Classic.

The tournament was played at par-71 Red Apple Inn and Country Club.

The Suns will head to Hot Springs Country Club for the GSC Tournament. The women’s portion of that event is scheduled for Sunday, April 18, and Monday, April 19.