Florida Southern wins Super Region
Moccasins finish 12 strokes ahead of Nova Southeastern
PACE, Fla. -- Leading the Super Regional 2 from start to finish, the Moccasins have earned themselves a trip to the NCAA championship in Louisville, Ky., May 16-19.
Playing on the same course where they won their 2007 national title - Stonebrook Golf Club - the Moccasins started Tuesday's final round with a seven-stroke lead ahead of Barry and a 10-stroke advantage against defending national champion Nova Southeastern. If the Moccasins were expecting a final-round charge by either or both of their Sunshine State Conference rivals, they didn't need to be concerned.
|SUPER REGIONAL WINNERS|
|Super Region One:||Indianapolis|
|Super Region Two:||Florida Southern|
|Super Region Three:||Augustana (S.D.)|
|Super Region Four:||Tarleton State|
Coach Robbie Davis' contingent shot a 304 in the final round, Barry shot a 317 and Nova Southeastern shot a 306. The Moccasins won with a final team score of 902, 12 strokes better than Nova Southeastern, which did pass Barry for second place. Barry had a final team score of 922 in the nine-team field and slipped to third. While the Moccasins' 304 was their highest round of the tournament after shooting 302 and 296 in the first two rounds, it turned out to be the second-best round of the day. Newberry's 303 was the only round better.
"We had a great tournament," Davis said. "We decided we were going to do our own thing, be confident on every shot, not worry about anything else and it worked."
Getting five birdies from his team on the first six holes Tuesday (while Nova Southeastern managed just one) took away what pressure the Moccasins might have been feeling. "We got off to a good start today with those birdies," Davis said. "We knew we were in good shape at that point."
Of those five birdies, M.J. Audette had one, Amy Hodgkinson had two, Megan Kiley had one and Barbora Vejlupkova had one.
Audette led the Moccasins with a fifth-place finish, completing the 54-hole event with a 221 after a final round of 76 Tuesday. Hodgkinson had FSC's best round of the day, a 73, that gave her a final score of 226 and put her in 11th place.
Vejlupkova tied for 19th with a 231. Jackie Rajek tied for 21st with a 232 and Kiley was 25th with a 234.
Nova Southeastern's Lilliana Camisa was the individual winner by two strokes over UNC-Pembroke's Meghan Moore. Camisa finished with a four-under-par 212, while Moore was at even-par with a 216.
FSC, Nova Southeastern and Barry advance to the Division II Championship. Qualifying as individuals were Moore, Goeun Lee of Saint Leo and Jenna Birch of Armstrong Atlantic.
This will be the Moccasins' 13th trip overall to the Division II Championship. They have won it four times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2007), finished second four times (1998, 1999, 2003, 2004) and have finished third each of the last two years, as well as in 2005.
The 72-hole Division II Championship Tournament begins May 16 and runs through May 19 at Persimmoon Ridge Country Club in Louisville.