(MSUB Athletics release)
PORTLAND, Ore. – Each earning all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference recognition for the second straight season, Montana State University Billings women’s golfers Bailee Dexter and Shealyn Hafer were named to the second team announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
Both players were named second-team all-GNAC in 2016-17 as well, repeating the honor with another standout season. “Bailee and Shealyn played excellent for us in both the fall and spring seasons,” said MSUB head coach Kevin Woodin. “They are two of the most consistent players I have ever coached. They always work hard on their game while leading their team effectively both on and off the course.”
A senior from Townsend, Mont., Dexter tied for the team lead in scoring average with 80.2 strokes per round. She matched her career-low single-round score on Sept. 26, 2017 at the Western New Mexico University Invitational, shooting a 71 in the second round en route to a two-round score of 151. Overall Dexter had a pair of top-five finishes, and capped her collegiate career down the stretch by winning the Yellowjacket Spring Invitational on April 16-17 in Billings.
Dexter earned GNAC Women’s Golf Player of the Week twice during her senior campaign and three times overall in her career at MSUB. She was also a three-time academic all-conference selection and was named MSUB’s Scholar Athlete of the Year at the 2018 Buzzie Awards.
Hafer matched Dexter with a scoring average of 80.2 strokes per round, and led the team with three top-10 finishes during her third season in the program. Hafer’s best performance of the year came at the GNAC Championships, where she tied for fourth place with a two-round score of 153. It was her lowest career tournament score, and it included a first-round mark of 75 which tied her personal single-round best. Hafer also placed third at the Yellowjacket Spring Invitational, and earned academic all-GNAC for the second straight season.
Cammie Decker of Concordia University was named the GNAC Player of the Year as a Freshman, and her head coach Kim Dehning was named the GNAC Coach of the Year after piloting the Cavaliers to the GNAC Championships team title. CU sophomore Caitlyn Villatora was picked as the GNAC Newcomer of the Year, while Estee Leung of Simon Fraser University won the GNAC Freshman of the Year honors.