Lindsey Stucki, Dixie State Athletics
Dixie State senior women's golfer Katie Ford (left) and head coach Lindsey Stucki celebrate Ford's career round on Saturday at the WNMU Mustang Intercollegiate in Goodyear, Ariz.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Dixie State’s women’s golf team closed the 2018-19 regular season with a 12th-place finish at the 2019 Western New Mexico Mustang Intercollegiate on Saturday at the Palm Valley Golf Club.

The Trailblazers (315-302) improved by 13 shots on day two as DSU moved up three spots from 15th to 12th with a two-round total of plus-41 617. West Texas A&M (296-287) posted the lone team red number of the event with a final-round 1-under 287 to claim the team title at plus-7 583, three strokes better than runner-up Colorado State-Pueblo (292-294-586, +10).

Senior Katie Ford (75-68) enjoyed a career day as she fired a tournament- and career-low round with a 4-under 68 to vault 22 spots up the leaderboard to finish in a five-way tie for first place at minus-1 143. The senior went out in 3-under 33 and carded five birdies and 12 pars en route to her first collegiate sub-70 round. However, Ford was denied her first individual win of the season as Oklahoma Christian’s Abigail Rigsby birdied the first playoff hole to claim medalist honors.

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Along with Ford’s performance, sophomore Kaitlynn Deeble (79-76) carded a 4-over 76 to finish in a tie for 49th at plus-11 155 while freshman Madison Moss (77-79) wound up tied for 55th at plus-12 156. Fellow freshman Tayllore Ward (84-80) followed in t-94th at plus-20 164, and junior Ashley Fernandez (87-79) posted a t-99th finish at plus-22 166.

Dixie State will take a 14-day break from tournament play to prepare for its debut at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championships, which will be held April 21-23 at the Ocotillo Golf Club in Chandler, Arizona.