Kedrick Nettleton, Staff Writer

Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s women’s golf team recently brought home the third-place trophy at the NCCAA National Championships.

Korena Aills (left) and Jordan Leonard (right) were both named All-Americans at the NCCAA National Championships in Florida.

In addition, Jordan Leonard—a senior OKWU golfer—finished second on the individual scoreboard. Another OKWU Student, Korena Aills, was named as an NCCAA All-American along with Leonard. The three-round championship event was held October 21-23 in Palm Coast, Florida.

The achievement is a fitting crown to Leonard’s career as an Eagle, which began somewhat tumultuously. Although she has been a strong presence in the OKWU program for years, she nearly didn’t come to Bartlesville in the first place. Originally, she committed to East Central University, in Ada, Oklahoma. When ECU dropped their golf program, Leonard toured OKWU and found her place.

Scott Seymour, Head Coach of the women’s golf team, is quick to point out how important Leonard has been to the program. “Jordan has been one of our most consistent golfers in OKWU Women’s golf history,” he said. “She has been working very hard this whole semester, and I was very excited to see her put it all together for our biggest tournament of the semester. Jordan was one bad break away from being a national champion and I could not be more proud of her.”

It was OKWU’s first year to compete in the NCCAA National Championships, which served as a cap to the fall golfing season. The Lady Eagles will pick it up again in the spring season, which will culminate with the NAIA National Championship in May.

Leonard, who will graduate in December, has yet to decide whether or not she will continue to golf into next year, feeling content that she’s made her mark already.

“Jordan was one bad break away from being a national champion and I could not be more proud of her.” 

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