RiverHawks, Hillcats struggle in first round of DII National Championship

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DETROIT (May 11, 2021) –Northeastern State is in 10th place and Rogers State in the final spot in 12th place after the first round of the NCAA Division II National Championship.

The RiverHawks started the day well and were third place on the turn on the front nine before faltering.

“Being third at the turn at 6-over was good, real good,” said head coach Scott Varner.  “It was a total debacle on the back.  It’s frustrating, a tale of two different teams today.”

Northeastern State will need to finish in the top-eight to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals for match play.

Kelly Swanson and freshman Yasmin Hang each carded 79s to tie for 29th while Hernandez shot an 80. Kaylee Petersen led NSU much of the day but faltered late to shoot an 82. Nina Lee finished with an 84.

Third-ranked Limestone leads the 12 team field with a 299. There were four players under par for the day, with Lynn University’s Camila Madariaga sitting at 2-under 70.

DEARBORN, Mich. — Northeastern State women’s golf opened the first round of the NCAA National Championship with a 320 to place tenth.

The RiverHawks started the day well and were third place on the turn on the front nine.  However, they would run into trouble on pins 12 through 14, where they shot a five-over dropping them four strokes below the Thursday cutline. 

“Being third at the turn at six-over was good, real good,” said head coach Scott Varner.  “It was a total debacle on the back.  It’s frustrating, a tale of two different teams today.”

Northeastern State will need to finish in the top-eight to advance to Friday’s National Quarterfinal, which moves to Medal/Match Play. 

Aitana Hernandez led the RiverHawks with three birdies while Kelly Swanson led with 12 pars.

Swanson and freshman Yasmin Hang each carded 79s to tie for 29th while Hernandez shot an 80. Kaylee Petersen led NSU much of the day but faltered late to shoot an 82. Nina Lee finished with an 84.

GolfStat #3 Limestone leads the 12 team field with a 299. There were four players under par for the day, with Lynn University’s Camila Madariaga sitting at two-under 70.

Rogers State, competing in the finals for the first time in school history, did not make it a round to remember, starting fast but then faltering.

Freshman Marelda Ayal led the way for the Hillcats on day one, finishing the round in a tie for 29th overall with a 79. Sydney Murray and Jessica Green shot 80 and 81 respectively, while Jaelynn Unger struggled to an 88.

Oklahoma Christian’s Camilla Jarvela was in the first group to tee off Tuesday in the NCAA Division II Championship, and after she finished she had the luxury of watching many in the 72-woman field come back to her.

The freshman from Espoo, Finland – who’s playing as an individual in the tournament – posted what proved to be a solid 4-over-par 76 on the 5,848-yard TPC Michigan course and was in a tie for 15th after the opening round.

Jarvela opened with bogeys on her first two holes before her lone birdie of the round, on the par-5 No. 3, then had eight straight pars before bogeys on the par-3 No. 12, the par-4 No. 14 and the par-5 No. 17.

She finished her round in a tie for 26th, but as other players finished their rounds, she crept up the leaderboard into the top 15.

Although Jarvela was six shots behind the leader, Camila Madariaga of Lynn (Fla.), she was only one shot out of the top 10, as there was a six-way tie for ninth at 75.

Jarvela will be in the final group teeing off Wednesday, at 11:31 a.m. Central time (12:31 p.m. local time) and will start her round on hole No. 10.


 

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