Women’s Golf 13th at NCAA Championship; Olivia Lugar Earns All-America Honors
Angola, Ind., May 11, 2012 – Washington University in St. Louis freshman Olivia Lugar highlighted the final round with a two-over 74 and earned All-America honors as the Bears concluded play at the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship on Friday at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Ind.
Washington University fired a four-day total of 1,297 (326-325-320-326, +145) to finish in 13th place in the 19-team field. No. 1 ranked Methodist University claimed its 15th-straight and 25th overall national championship with a score of 1,242 (+90). Catherine Wagner of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire earned medalist honors with a score of 302 (78-71-76-77, +5).
“It was a tough week for us. We came here with expectations of playing well and finishing high and we did not get it done,” said fourth-year head coach Sean Curtis. “This is part of the growth of the program. Hopefully after going through this experience, they will now know what it takes to put together four solid rounds and be ready for it next year.”
Lugar’s round on Friday tied her mark she set on Tuesday for the lowest round in school history at the NCAA Championship. She raced out to an even-par 36 with birdies at No. 13 and No. 16 on the back nine. After a double bogey on the par four No. 1, Lugar birdied No. 4, No. 5 and No. 8 to finish with a two-over 38 on the front nine.
Lugar took home ninth place honors with a four-day total of 309 (74-84-77-74, +21). She finished seven strokes behind Wagner for the individual championship.
Sophomore Andrea Hibbert completed her fourth round of the NCAA Championship with a five-over 77 (38-39). Hibbert had the most consistent day of the five starters for Washington U. with 13 pars and five bogeys. She finished in a tie for 20th place with a four-day total of 318 (81-77-76-84), her second-straight top-20 finish after placing 12th as a freshman.
Junior Hannah Buck struggled from start to finish on the final day and finished with a 12-over 84. Buck fired a 43 (+7) on the back nine with five bogeys and a double bogey, and had three bogeys and a double bogey on the front nine for a 41 (+5). After finishing 21st as a freshman and third as a sophomore, Buck finished tied for 34th in the field of 101 golfers place with a four-day total of 318 (81-77-76-84, +30).
Sophomore Allyson Chee fired a 91 (+19) on day four of the championship and finished in a tie for 97th place with a score of 360 (92-89-88-91, +72). Senior Katie Homa rounded out the lineup for Washington U. with a 94 (+22) to sit in 100th place with a score of four-day total of 369 (89-91-95-94, +81). Homa is the lone graduating senior on the roster and is working in the Washington University School of Medicine as a research technician.
Washington University made its third-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship and was ranked No. 2 in the Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) top-25 poll. The Bears placed in the top-five in nine of 11 tournaments they competed in, and won a Division III-best six tournaments in 2011-12.