Vergara wins it all
Barry's Vergara seals individual title at 2013 championships
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Six feet.
That’s all that separated Barry sophomore Nancy Vergara and the individual championship at the 2013 Division II Women’s Golf Championship at LPGA International.
She stepped up to her putt. Took a deep breath. And sank it. As she walked off she gave a little fist pump and let out a faint “yes”.
"I still cannot believe it," Vergara said. "I'm still getting through the idea that I won."
As she went to sign her card, the rest of her Barry teammates all grabbed bottles of water and waited for her. As she walked out of the scorer’s tent she got drenched.
“Amazing,” Vergara said. “After a hot day, even better.”
Vergara claimed the individual title in just her first appearance to the NCAA tournament. Her 75 was tied for the best score of the first round and thanks to Nova’s Linnea Johansson shooting a 77, Vergara won by one stroke. She was trailing by one going into the final round.
"She just hung in there," said Buccaneers coach Shannon Sykora, who stayed with Vergara through the entire final round.
Barry, as a team, finished third behind Sunshine State Conference foes Lynn and Nova Southeastern. The Buccaneers shot 42-over par, which was four strokes behind Nova in second. The Buccaneers were 32 strokes better than fourth-place St. Edward's. Grand Canyon, which is making the jump to Division I next year, was fifth, 41 strokes behind the Bucs.
"We did something right," Sykora said. "I think they realized more and more that they can do it. I'm very proud of the way they just kept their heads down and just grinded [it out]."
Vergara had two Nova Southeastern Sharks chasing her, but thanks to Johanasson going 4-over par her last four holes and Daniela Ortiz getting a double bogey on the par-5 16, she was able to pull out the win.
"I think our game has improved a lot," Vergara said. "I think we have a really, really good opportunity [next year]. We know we can beat the best."