Women's Golf Finishes Eighth in Shortened NCAA Championship
Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., May 13, 2011 – The final round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship was cancelled on Friday due to a massive band of lightning storms at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Despite much of Friday’s round being completed, the final results are based solely on how Thursday’s round three concluded, per NCAA by-laws. Washington University finished the three-day event with a score of 1,014 (344-343-327), tying Williams College for eighth place.
“We broke down some barriers in this tournament, which we needed to do,” said third-year head coach Sean Curtis. “We finally proved to ourselves that we can play with the top teams in the country. This is an important in the maturation of the team. They should be very happy with what they have accomplished this past week.”
Methodist University won its 14-straight NCAA Division III Championship with a three-day score of 966 (318-319-329), while Gustavus Adolphus College, Illinois Wesleyan University, St. Mary’s College and DePauw University rounded out the top five.
Methodist’s Paige Caldwell won the individual championship with a three-day total of 231 (77-76-78) to give the Monarchs their sixth individual crown in the last seven years. Emily Bachert of Centre College 235 (80-79-76) finished second in the individual standings, while Washington University sophomore Hannah Buck (239, 79-80-80) and Gustavus Adolphus’ Katie Schenfeld (23-9, 80-83-76) finished in a tie for third place.
Freshman Andrea Hibbert just missed earning All-America honors after finishing in a tie for 12th place with a three-day total of 246 (81-85-80). Freshman Marcy Koonce’s final round of 82 moved her into the top-50, finishing the three-day event in a five-way tie for 49th place with a 259 (89-88-82). Freshman Allyson Chee finished in 83rd place with a three-day score of 271 (95-91-85), while sophomore Melanie Walsh was 97th with a 291 (107-90-94).
Bear Notebook: The eighth-place finish is the best in school history in women’s golf … The Washington University Department of Athletics has recorded six top-10 NCAA finishes in the 2010-11 season.