PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Taylor's Maddie Thomas capped an impressive freshman campaign with a tie for 39th place at the NAIA National Championship on Friday.
Thomas chipped in for a par on her final hole of the championship, the par-5 18th, to tally a final round 79 (+7) and finish with a 54-hole total of 240 (80-81-79). The Crossroads League Newcomer of the Year is the first Taylor women's golfer to make the cut at the NAIA National Championship and recorded the highest finish ever for a TU women's golfer at the National Championship.
"Today was a fitting way for Maddie to cap off her fantastic freshman season," Taylor coach Cameron Andry said following the round. "Maddie is not only talented but she has a fantastic work ethic and has lifted our program to new heights this year. We are very proud of her and can't wait to see her continue to get better."
Thomas's round marked the conclusion of a historic 2016-17 season for the TU women's golf program. The Trojans won the first Crossroads League Championship in the history of the program and secured four consecutive tournament victories during the spring season. The team set records for the lowest 18-hole team score (299), lowest 36-hole team score (612), lowest 18-hole team average (331.4) among other records.
The Trojans will say goodbye to the first four-year letter-winner in program history in senior Brittany Pfaff. Pfaff competed in the top five for the Trojans in every tournament during her four years wearing the purple and gold and earned All-Crossroads League honors during her senior season.
"It has been so much fun to watch Brittany finish her career this way," Andry added. "She choose to come to Taylor when our women's golf program was just beginning and now she leaves as a champion. She has been instrumental in establishing the culture of our program and there is now doubt she has helped lay the foundation for the future success of our program."
The Trojans return seven letter-winners next season and will add a talented freshman class as TU will look to defend its Crossroads League title in 2018.