Women’s golf finishes fourth at NCAA championship

Women’s golf finishes fourth at NCAA championship

AURORA, Colo. – Saint Leo women's golf climbed three spots in Saturday's final round at CommonGround Golf Course to finish tied for fourth at the 2016 NCAA Division II Women's Golf National Championship.

The Lions fired a five-over 293, its lowest round of the tournament and the best round of the day among the 12 teams in the championship. That brought Saint Leo into the clubhouse with a 72-hole total of 1189 (+37), 16 strokes off the lead.

Saint Leo was tied with Grand Valley State, who also shot an 1189 (+37) for the championship.

Sophomore Vilde Eriksen was the top Lion finisher in the championship, tying for ninth overall with a four-day score of 295 (+7). Eriksen shot a four-over 76 on Saturday, with birdies on the par-5 nos. 3 and 18, and the par-4 no. 10.

Eriksen ranked third out of all golfers on par 4s, averaging 4.09 strokes while scoring three-over.

Junior Marie Coors turned in the top Saint Leo round of the day, carding four birdies in the final for an even-par 72 – her best round of the championship. Coors birdied three of the par-5s, as well as the par-4 no. 8. She finished tied for 20th with a 299 (+11) for the championship.

Junior Sabrina Rumbaugh also finished tied for 20th overall with a 72-hole tally of 299, after firing a one-over 73 in Saturday's final round. Rumbaugh birdied the par-5 no. 11 and no. 1, and was a combined +2 over the final 36 holes of the tournament.

Sophomores Amanda Jakobsson and Margine Arguello each fired a two-over 74 on Saturday to finish up the championship. Jakobsson was tied for 28th overall with a 301 (+13) for the tournament, while Arguello carded a 304 (+14).

Rollins (1173, +21) posted the wire-to-wire victory to capture the 2016 NCAA championship, winning by nine strokes despite erupting for 14-over in the final round. University of Indianapolis (1182, +30) also struggled to a 16-over on Saturday, and placed second overall. Nova Southeastern (1183, +31) was third overall after firing a six-over in close out the championship.

Grand Valley State's Gabrielle Shipley won the individual championship, carding a three-under 69 in the final round and shooting 282 (-6) over her 72 holes of play. She edged out Findlay's Kasey Petty, who finished one stroke off Shipley's pace.

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