Furman advances to NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship
LUBBOCK, Texas – The 10th-ranked Furman (-1) women's golf team advanced to the NCAA Championship after turning in a second-place finish Wednesday in the final round of the NCAA Lubbock Regional at the par-72, 6,593 yard The Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas.
The Paladins, who are making their 18th appearance at the NCAA Championship, were part of an 18-team regional field that battled for a top six-finish and a berth in the 24-team NCAA Championship, which will be held May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. Furman placed 20th at last year's NCAA Championship in Eugene, Ore.
Furman scored 23 birdies in the final round, becoming one of only three teams at all four of the NCAA regional sites to finish under par for the tournament, and placed four players among the top 25 individuals.
Freshman Natalie Srinivasan (-4) fired a final-round 69 with six birdies, including five on the front nine, to tie for fifth with sophomore Haylee Harford (-4) who added a 71 with four birdies on Wednesday. The Paladin duo finished four strokes back of Arizona State's Monica Vaughn (-8), who won individual medalist honors with a three-day total of 71-68-69=208.
Senior Taylor Totland (+4) and junior Alice Chen (+4) tied for 25th. Totland carded a 70 with six birdies, including three straight from No. 14 through No. 16, while Chen added a 72 with three birdies in the final round. Freshman Carly Burkhardt (+10) scored a 71 with four birdies to tie for 53rd.
Seventh-ranked Arizona State (-22) was 16-under on Wednesday to win the tournament by 21 strokes. The Paladins placed second at 1-under, followed by No. 47 Oregon (+3) in third and 18th-ranked Texas (+5) in fourth. Host Texas Tech (+9), which ranks 34th nationally, took fifth place, and 15th-ranked Kent State (+11) finished sixth, becoming the final team to advance.
“This team never ceases to amaze me,” said Furman head coach Jeff Hull, the 2017 SoCon Coach of the Year. “They really played great the last two rounds and showed just how great they are. I am so proud of them and all they have done this season. I am very excited to be heading to Chicago for the national championship, where I feel like we have a great chance to do well.”
ETSU's Loy wraps season at NCAA Columbus Regional
COLUMBUS, Ohio – To conclude the final round of the NCAA Columbus Regional, Loy Hee Ying finished in the top 30 individually on Wednesday at The Ohio State University Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
After posting a strong first day on Monday, the Southern Conference Player of the Year finished tied for 30th as she dropped eight positions on the third and final day at the NCAA Regional. The No. 57 nationally ranked individual posted a 5-over 77 – which was the same score as her second round – to conclude the NCAA Regional.
Loy concluded the outing with a 12-over 228 (74-77-77), which put her in a six-way tie for 30th. In her final 18 holes, the sophomore carded three birdies, including two on the front nine. She found some consistency on the back nine holes as she carded six pars and one birdie to shoot a 2-over.
For the three-day outing, Loy finished ahead of five nationally ranked individuals, including No. 14 Matilda Castren of Florida State and No. 24 Esther Lee of Colorado.
Since Florida, South Carolina, Florida State, Ohio State, Purdue and Michigan claimed the top six team spots, Cara Gorlei of Arkansas, Camila Serrano of Florida International University and No. 12 Maddie Szeryk of Texas A&M earned the three individual automatic qualifiers from the Columbus Regional. They all advance to the NCA Championship, will be May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms, in Sugar Grove, Illinois, hosted by North Illinois University.
Despite not advancing in the NCAA tournament, Loy posted one of the best seasons in ETSU history, winning two tournaments – the River Landing Classic and The Brickyard Intercollegiate. She even broke the course and tournament record at the River Landing Classic as she carded a 7-under 65. She finished the regular season with a 72.11 scoring average, which led the Southern Conference.