Lynn takes home first south region crown after shooting 297 in final round
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Lynn captured its first NCAA South Region crown after shooting 297 on the final day of the tournament. The Fighting Knights shot a 900 through three rounds on the par-72, 6,149-yard course with three out of five golfers finishing in the top 10. Irene Calvo finished three under par with a 69 helping the Blue and White to victory. Calvo tied teammate Samantha Smolen for fourth-place overall.
With the win, Lynn qualifies for the national championships for the third time in program history. The Blue and White won back-to-back NAIA titles in 1995 and 1996, and won their only NCAA title in 1997. LU’s last appearance came in the 2005-06 season where it finished third.
Louise Manalo set the tone by going first off the tees and finished day two over par with a 74. Jessica Bradley shot a 76 to finish tied for eighth, while Smolen finished the day at 6-over 78. Ellen Chambers shot an 80 in the the final round.
Calvo shot a career-best round with four birdies, including back-to-back birdies on holes seven and eight to finish the front nine two strokes under par. Bradley shot birdie on a 5-par hole 16, extending Lynn’s stroke lead. Smolen jumped for joy on the 18th green when she hit par, knowing she secured the win as the last Fighting Knight to finish.
Also advancing to the national tournament were the second and third-place teams. Nova Southeastern finished four stokes behind Lynn with a 904, while Barry also advances with a 907. Qualifying individually for the tournament was Annie Dulman of Rollins, Teresa Hernani of Lander and Kristen Sammarco of Armstrong Atlantic, who won a three-way playoff to advance as the third individual.
Lynn has finished in the top 10 in all eight regular-season tournaments including four titles. The Blue & White have played three tournaments at the site of this year's national championship, winning all three, including the NCAA DII Fall Preview.
The national championships take place May 15-18 at the LPGA National Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.