Women’s Golf Sixth at NCAA Championship; Bears Record Highest Finish in School History
Destin, Fla., May 17, 2013 – Washington University in St. Louis freshman Connie Zhou highlighted the final round with a five-over 77 as the Bears concluded play at the 2013 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship Friday at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.
Washington University fired a four-day total of 1,287 (333-318-319-317, +135) to record a program-best sixth place finish in the 21-team field. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor led from start to finish and claimed its first national championship in school history with a score of 1,239 (306-311-311-311). Laura Lindsey of the University of Texas-Tyler earned medalist honors with a score of 296 (72-72-77-75, +8).
“The team really responded well today. We were able to get four good scores when the course had been playing a few strokes tougher all week for teams that played in the afternoon,” said fifth-year head coach Sean Curtis. “I thought we showed a lot of toughness putting up three good scores in a row like we did.”
The 317 on the final day was a school-record low round in NCAA Championship play, breaking the all-time mark of 318 set on Wednesday. The Bears had three of four players shoot 80 or lower for the second time in the 2013 NCAA Championship.
Zhou, who earned second-team All-America honors in her rookie season, tied for 18th place in the field of 111 players with a 72-hole score of 317 (88-75-77-77). She fired a one-over 37 on the back nine with a birdie at No. 13, and then started the front nine off with a birdie at No. 1. Zhou was hampered by a double bogey at No. 5, but managed to shoot a four-over 40.
Junior Andrea Hibbert shot a seven-over 79 on the final day to finish in a tie for 28th place with a four-day total of 322 (84-86-73-79). Hibbert had three birdies on the back nine en route to a three-over 39, and followed with a four-over 40 on the front. She has finished in the top-30 in all three NCAA Championship appearances (2011-12th, 2012-20th, 2013-28th).
Two-time first-team All-American sophomore Olivia Lugar fired a nine-over 81 on the final day to finish in the top-40. Lugar, the 2012 Ping Division III National Player of the Year, recorded a four-day score of 323 (79-80-83-81) to tie for 35th place. She shot a three-over 39 on the back with birdies on No. 13 and No. 15, and was hampered by four bogeys and a double bogey in a six-over 42 on the front.
Senior Hannah Buck concluded her four-year with an eight-over 80 on the final day of the NCAA Championship. Buck, the only three-time All-American in school history, fired a four-over 40 on the front and back nine. Buck joined Lugar in the top-40, tying for 38th place with a 72-hole score of 325 (82-77-85-80). Senior Melanie Walsh rounded out the lineup for Washington U. with a 366 (91-88-94-93), good for 101st place.
“I am really proud of the team and its great to be able to say we finished higher than we have before,” Curtis added. “It’s a great way for our seniors, who have meant so much to this program, to end their careers playing at the national championship.”
Washington University made its fourth-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship and was ranked No. 4 in the Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) top-25 poll. The Bears placed in the top-five in nine of 10 tournaments they competed in, and won two tournaments in 2012-13.