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Dixie State senior golfer Katie Ford lines up a putt during Tuesday's final round at the 2019 RMAC Women's Golf Championships in Chandler, Arizona.

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Dixie State’s women’s golf team made its RMAC debut a memorable one as the Trailblazers came away with a runner-up finish at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships on Tuesday at the Ocotillo Resort Golf Club.

The Trailblazers’ second-place finish on Tuesday tied for the best overall finish at a conference championship event (2nd at the 2015 Pacific West Conference Championships) in the program’s brief seven-year history, while it was DSU’s fifth top-five team finish in 10 events this season overall.

DSU (306-302-305) began the day 12 shots back of second-round leader Colorado State-Pueblo (307-289-299) and 11 strokes clear of third place Colorado Christian (312-307-295-914, +50), and the Trailblazers would need all 11 of those strokes as Dixie State held off CCU for second place to finish with a three-round total of plus-49 913. The Trailblazers’ 913 team score was the second-lowest 54-hole total in program history.

CSUP (895, +31) claimed the conference team crown, while Colorado Mesa (313-307-300-920; +56) followed in fourth and Westminster College (315-314-303-932, +68) placed fifth.

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Three Trailblazers posted top-10 individual showings, led by senior Katie Ford (76-75-74) and sophomore Kaitlynn Deeble (74-75-76), who both wound up in a four-way tie for sixth place on the player leaderboard at plus-9 225, while sophomore Cailyn Cardall (82-72-74) finished alone in 10th-place at plus-12 228. Freshman Madison Moss (74-81-80) placed t-20th overall at plus-19 235, and freshman Tayllore Ward (84-83-83) tied for 42nd at plus-34 250.

Should any Trailblazer players qualify for postseason play, the 2019 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Super Region IV Championships will be held this May 6-8, at the Amarillo Golf Club in Amarillo, Texas.