CONOVER, N.C. (May 17) – Aly Seng had the low score of the final round for Central Oklahoma as the Bronchos finished a best-ever sixth in the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships that wrapped up a four-day run here Saturday.
Seng’s 75 led UCO, which also got a 76 from Bethany Darrough and 77s from Taylor Neidy, June Tigert and Katie Bench in shooting a final-round 305 at the par-71 Rock Barn Golf and Spa.
The Bronchos ended the 72-hole tourney with a 1,221 total for their lowest finish in three national tournament appearances. Lynn won the title at 1,164, followed by Barry (1,193), Tarleton State (1,195), Rollins (1,212), Indianapolis (1,213) and UCO.
“It wasn’t the finish we were looking for, but we had a great year and it’s hard to be disappointed with everything we accomplished,” said head coach Michael Bond, whose team won six of 12 tournaments in 2013-14. “We had a few big numbers today that hurt us, but I’m proud of the way our girls battled this whole week.”
Neidy had the low individual finish for the Bronchos, coming in seventh in the individual race with a 295 total. The Clinton senior was tied for second heading into the final round and opened her day with seven straight pars before finishing with two bogeys in a front-nine 37.
Neidy bogeyed No. 11 and then reeled off six more pars in a row before getting in trouble and finishing her round with a triple bogey for a back-nine 40.
Seng had three bogeys in making the turn at three-over 38 and then bogeyed No. 11 before finishing the day with seven consecutive pars for a closing 37.
Bensch got off to a terrible start and was seven-over after just six holes before playing her next 10 holes three-under. She bogeyed the last two holes for a back-nine 36.
Darrough (35) and Tigert (36) both got off to strong starts before hitting some rough spots and coming in with back-nine 41s.
Baylee Price of Northeastern State finished in a tie for 23rd place. The true freshman from Broken Arrow, Okla., carded a 6-over-par 77 in Saturday’s final round, giving her a four-day total of 19-over 303 (77-73-76-77). Her final round included three birdies, and she registered nine birdies and one eagle in the tournament.
She finished 16 strokes behind individual champion Louise Manalo of Lynn University (72-73-74-68=287). Lynn also won the team portion of the tournament at 28-over 1,164 (294-297-291-282). Barry finished second at 57-over 1,193 (305-289-301-298).
Price was the 25th women’s golfer in school history to compete at the national championship. She also became just the ninth to finish inside the top 25 and the first since 2007 (Stephanie Bird, T-18).