AURORA, Colo. – The No. 13-ranked Northeastern State womenâ€™s golf team finished eighth at the 2016 NCAA Division II Championship, which was held on the par-72, 6,468-yard CommonGround Golf Course.
The RiverHawks shot 10-over-par 298 in Saturdayâ€™s final round to leapfrog one team and land at 49-over 1,201 (304-302-297-298). NSU was the low representative from the Central Region, as the green and white dominated No. 17 Augustana by 30 strokes (79-over 1,231) and Missouri Western State by 74 strokes (123-over 1,275).
No. 1 Rollins held on to win the national championship at 21-over 1,173 (290-288-293-302), while No. 10 Indianapolis, the defending champs, took second at 30-over 1,182 (300-286-292-304). No. 4 Nova Southeastern finished third at 31-over 1,183 (290-302-297-294), while No. 5 Saint Leo (305-294-297-293) and No. 12 Grand Valley State (302-304-284-299) tied for fourth at 37-over 1,189.
True freshman Ebba Moberg set the course ablaze Saturday, as she fired the lowest round of the championship with a final-round 68. She vaulted 33 positions up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for 15th at 13-over 297 (74-75-80-68). She holed out for eagle on a par-4 and converted three birdies Saturday to become the fifth womenâ€™s golfer in school history to earn a top-15 finish at the national tournament.
Senior Charter Lawson (74-77-76-76) and junior Baylee Price (79-72-74-78) tied for 34th at 15-over 303, while true freshman Kelsey Lumpkin landed T-39 at 17-over 305 (77-78-73-77). Senior Kayla Schroeder played well in her final two rounds to finish solo 61st at 29-over 317 (83-83-74-77).
Lawson, Lumpkin and Moberg were all making their first appearances at the NCAA Championship. Price became the fourth womenâ€™s golfer in school history, and the first since 2006, to compete at nationals at least three times. She earned bids as an individual in both 2014 and 2015. Schroeder is now the 12th student-athlete in NSU history to compete at the NCAA tournament twice in her career. She competed as a member of the 2013 team that also finished eighth.
Central Oklahomaâ€™s Daniela Martinez got off to a slow start and never recovered in shooting a final-round 80 at the NCAA Division II Womenâ€™s Golf Championships here Saturday.
Martinez bogeyed two of her first three holes en route to a front-nine 41 and could manage just a 39 on the closing nine at the 6,468-yard, par-72 CommonGround Golf Course.
The senior standout from Mexicali, Mexico finished with a four-day total of 301 in tying for 28th in the medalist standings. Martinez was tied for second after a second-round 69 had her at one-under 143, but shot 78-80 the final two days.
â€œDani didnâ€™t play very well the last two rounds, but she kept battling and I was really proud of the way she handled herself,â€ head coach Michael Bond said. â€œShe had a great year for us and it will be hard to replace her.â€
Martinez finished with a 76.03 average and placed in the top 30 in all 14 tournaments with six top-10 showings.
It seemed for most of the week at the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championship that Oklahoma Christian’s Audrey Meisch simply couldn’t catch a break, and that theme unfortunately continued on the tournament’s final day.
Playing in her final collegiate round, the senior from Wichita, Kan., shot an 11-over-par 83 and finished the four-day tournament at 313 (25-over-par) and in a tie for 59th in the 72-woman field. But that wasn’t what was on the mind of OC supporters as Meisch exited a golf course for the last time while formally representing the Lady Eagles.
Instead, there was an appreciation for what Meisch accomplished during her stellar career â€“ one that included three wins as well as an incredible comeback two weeks ago in the West Super Regional in Stockton, Calif., that qualified her for the national tournament and enabled her to become the first female OC athlete ever to compete in a NCAA national championship event.
"She had a great career," OC coach Greg Lynn said. "She’s been a great asset to the university. She represents the university in a great way. We are extremely proud of her and it’s been a joy to have her in our program. We’re blessed."
2016 NCAA WOMENâ€™S GOLF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP â€“ Final Results
May 18-21, 2016 at Aurora, Colo.
(par-72, 6,468-yard CommonGround Golf Course)
1. #1 Rollins 290-288-293-302=1173 (+21)
2. #10 Indianapolis 300-286-292-304=1182 (+30)
3. #4 Nova Southeastern 290-302-297-294=1183 (+31)
T4. #5 Saint Leo 305-294-297-293=1189 (+37)
#12 Grand Valley State 302-304-284-299=1189 (+37)
T6. #11 Dallas Baptist 293-298-294-305=1190 (+38)
#7 Tarleton State 301-300-285-304=1190 (+38)
8. #13 Northeastern State 304-302-297-298=1201 (+49)
9. #30 Findlay 299-303-297-307=1206 (+54)
10. #17 Augustana 297-309-303-322=1231 (+79)
11. #28 West Texas A&M 309-311-299-321=1240 (+88)
12. Missouri Western State 327-309-315-324=1275 (+123)
Rankings reflect the latest Golfstat.com Polls
1. Gabrielle Shipley (Grand Valley State) 73-70-70-69=213 (-6)
2. Kasey Petty (Findlay) 73-71-69-70=213 (-5)
3. Isabell Jimenez Perea (Tarleton State) 72-72-69-72=213 (-3)
4. Lexie Toth (Rollins) 71-74-74-70=289 (+1)
5. Katharina Keilich (Indianapolis) 76-72-70-73=291 (+3)
T15. Ebba Moberg 74-75-80-68=297 (+13)
T34. Baylee Price 79-72-74-78=303 (+15)
Charter Lawson 74-77-76-76=303 (+15)
T39. Kelsey Lumpkin 77-78-73-77=305 (+17)
61. Kayla Schroeder 83-83-74-77=317 (+29)