This past season Bird played in 10 events finishing with a stroke average of 80.9. She finished in the top five in three events and top ten in six events. She took first place at the Nebraska-Kearney Fall Classic back in September where she shot a 72 which was her lowest round of the season.
She finished in a tie for 7th at the MIAA Championships this past week shooting a 78. Individually, she looks to be in great position to be the first Griffon Women’s Golfer to qualify for the NCAA Tournament as she is currently ranked second individually in Super Region 3.
The NCAA Regional Tournament is set for May 5-7 at the St. Joseph Country Club in St. Joseph, Mo. The top nine teams and the top four individuals that are not on the top nine teams make the regional.
First Team All-MIAA
Aly Seng, Central Oklahoma *GOLFER OF THE YEAR*
Erica Bensch, Central Oklahoma
Cassie Lowell, Northwest Missouri
Kelsey Kirkpatrick, Northeastern State
Taylor Neidy, Central Oklahoma
Second Team All-MIAA
McCandren Lewis, Northeastern State *FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR*
Alex Koch, Northeastern State
Natalie Bird, Missouri Western
Katie Bensch, Central Oklahoma
Whitney McAteer, Northeastern State
MIAA Coach of the Year: Michael Bond, Central Oklahoma
— MWSU Sports Information —