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Scott Garrett, Dixie State Athletics
Dixie State sophomore women's golfer Kaitlynn Deeble

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Fresh off a runner-up finish in the program’s debut at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships last week, Dixie State senior Katie Ford and sophomore Kaitlynn Deeble were both named to the 2018-19 All-RMAC Women's Golf First Team, as announced on Thursday by the conference office based on the official Golfstat player rankings.

Ford (St. George, Utah/Desert Hills HS/Utah Valley University), who also earned first team all-Pacific West Conference honors last season and third team recognition in 2017, posted three top-10s in eight events this season, with two of those finished coming in the final collegiate events. The senior recorded her best individual showing of the season at the Western New Mexico Intercollegiate this past April 5-6, as she finished tied for first place with four other players in the 36-hole event, though she was denied her first individual win of the season in the first playoff hole.

After opening with a 3-over 75, Ford fired a tournament and career-low 4-under 68 in the final round to vault 22 spots up the leaderboard to finish the event at minus-1 143. The senior carded her first collegiate sub-70 round and RMAC Player of the Week honors, while her 68 bested the DSU 18-hole school scoring record by one stroke.

Ford also tied for sixth at the RMAC Championships last week and finished solo eighth in her season debut at the RMAC Fall Preview this past September. Ford wound up the season second on the team in stroke average at 77.50, and finished her stellar three-year career as Dixie State’s career leader in stroke average at 76.78.

Deeble (Boise, Idaho/Centennial HS) was the lone Trailblazer to play in all 10 events this season and tied Ford with three top-10 finishes, highlighted by a tie for second place at the DSU Fall Invite last October, which came on the heels of a fifth-place finish in her season debut at the RMAC Fall Preview.

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The sophomore also joined Ford in tying for sixth at the RMAC Championships, while she wrapped up the year as the team leader in scoring with a 76.75 average in a team-high 20 competitive rounds.

The Trailblazers’ second-place finish at the RMAC Championships tied for the best overall finish at a conference championship event (second 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.