Host Missouri State is in fifth place after carding a 332 on Sunday at The Club at Porto Cima
2014-15: Appeared in four tournaments for the Bears, posting a 79.08 average in 12 rounds ... Best finish was a a tie for 16th place at the ORU Shootout, where she shot a 14-over 227, which included an opening-round 72. 2013-14: Averaged 78.8 in eight tournaments to rank second for the Bears ... Tied for most rounds in the 70s for MSU after tallying 14 ... Shot 79-81-77--237 at the ORU Shootout, tying for 45th ... Paced the Bears at the Palmetto Intercollegiate with a 47th-place finish and rounds of 78-80-74--232 ... Placed 59th at the Payne Stewart Memorial by shooting 80-85-77--242 ... Tied for 16th and led MSU at the Rio Verde Invitational by carding 78-78-72--228 ... Placed in the top 20 at the Jackrabbit Invitational with rounds of 84-72-84--240 ... Recorded 80-78-86--244 at the UALR Classic ... Tied for seventh and led the Bears with scores of 79-73-80--232 at the Gary Crossley Ford KC Shootout ... Carded 77-77-84--238 and tied for 35th in her second MVC Championship.
2012-13: A solid performer for the Bears in her freshman season as she earned all-Missouri Valley Conference honors with an eighth-place finish at the league tournament, shooting 79-79-85 ... Overcame a rocky start to average 77.33 in her final three fall tournaments ... Averaged 80.4 overall in 25 rounds ... Placed second on the team and 30th overall at the Johnie Imes by carding 77-76-74--227 ... Tied for 17th at the Stewart Memorial with 75-78-77--230 and 28th at Memphis with 82-77-80--239 ... Led the way for the Bears at the SMU/DAC Invitational in the spring, finishing 46th overall with 85-81-77--243 ... Following her college season, qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in Norman, Okla.
Background: Ranked 83rd nationally in her class by Golfweek magazine ... First team all-district and all-regional performer as a junior and senior at Allen High, where the team captured the state title her last year ... Posted a top-20 amateur finish at the Texas Women's Open in 2011 and then placed 23rd overall and fifth among amateurs at the 2012 Open ... Qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur, shooting a 76 to earn one of 10 berths out of 101-player qualifying field ... Went on to shoot 84-76 at the Amateur ... Also finishes second at the Hogan's Alley Collegiate Championship over the summer in Fort Worth ... Placed fourth at the Starburst Junior Classic and fifth at the Texas Junior Tour's TPC Four Seasons Invitational in 2011.
Personal: Ariel Nicole Tidwell was born August 5, 1994 in Kaufman, Texas ... Daughter of Christy Tidwell ... Plans to major in Criminology.