The Sam Houston State women’s golf team finished the Southland Conference Championship in third place on Wednesday.

The Kats entered the last day nine-strokes behind leaders and eventual champions Houston Baptist. After nine holes, the Kats had cut the lead to just four, and got it to within three on the back nine. Central Arkansas, who entered as the No. 1 team in the conference made a charge on Wednesday to take runner up.

“It was a lot of fun,” said head coach Brandt Kieschnick. “The girls believed we could catch them and we had a game-plan to do it. I’m just so proud with the way the girls fought. We had a great mindset and great approach, we just needed to make a few more putts. That all it really was.”

The highlight of the day was from freshman Hannah Alberto who shot the low-round of the day, firing a 69 at the par-71 Woodforest Golf Club to finish as the individual runner up.

“That’s what we have seen from her all year long,” Kieschnick said about Alberto. “We came here last month and played a practice round and she shot a 30 on the front nine. I told her before this started it was going to be a special weekend for her and it was.”

Gianti Mahardhika also turned in a top-10 performance, shooting a 73 to finish in a tie for 8th at 8-over for the championship. Heather Shake and Jenna Phillips each finished in tie for 14th at 11-over. For Shake, it was her best round of the tournament, matching the 73 by Mahardhika. Kari Bush shot a 78 on Wednesday to finish in 36th place.

Wednesday’s round wraps up a record-breaking season for the Bearkats, after winning a program-best five tournaments in 2016-17.