DII Women's Golf: Rollins captures its sixth NCAA title
DENVER, Colo. – Coming into final round of the Championship up seven, the Tars battled tough scoring conditions and grinded to a nine stroke victory over the defending National Champions, Indianapolis. Rollins has now won a record six NCAA Division II National Championships. Led by head coach Julie Garner each time, the Tars won four-straight from 2003-to-2006. Rollins’ most recent championship was in 2008.
Prior to the NCAA recognizing women’s golf, Rollins won seven NGCA national titles to total 13 in its distinguished program history.
The Tars shot a 302 on Saturday to finish with a four-round score of 1173 strokes. UIndy carded a 304 to take second with a total of 1182 strokes, holding off Nova Southeastern who posted a 294 to finish one stroke back in third with 1183 strokes. Saint Leo shot the low round of the day with a 293 to jump three spots to tie for fourth with Grand Valley State at 1189 strokes. Dallas Baptist entered the day in third but fell to a tie for sixth with Tarleton State with 1190 strokes.
Sophomore Lexie Toth entered the day tied for ninth and was two under for the day, the second best round of any competitor. Toth finished with four birdies, including the National Championship clincher on 18, 12 pars, and a pair of bogey’s. The Dublin, Ohio native carded rounds of 71-74-74-70 (289) to finish the tournament alone in fourth, earning a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Senior Annie Dulman joined Toth on the All-Tournament team, finishing in a tie for ninth with 295 strokes after a final round 74. Dulman entered the day tied for 16th before jumping seven spots on the final day, totaling one birdie, 14 pars, and three bogey’s. The two-time WGCA National Player of the Year will end her Rollins career as one of the most accomplished golfers in the history of the program.
Hally Leadbetter shot an 82 on Saturday to tie for 15th with a score of 297 (72-69-74-82). The fifth year senior was vital in Tars championship run as she was the 36-hole leader after opening with rounds of 72-69.
Junior Paige Lyle shot her second straight 78 to finish the Championship in a tie for 20th. Lyle carded rounds of 75-68-78-78 (299) on the weekend, with the second round 68 setting a new career low. On Saturday, the Orlando native totaled one birdie, 11 pars, five bogey’s, and a double.
The 2015 National runner-up, Madison Lellyo shot 80 Saturday to tie for 53rd with a score of 309 (78-77-74-80) for the weekend. She was three-over in the front and took a triple-bogey on No. 11. She would follow with seven straight pars before a double on 18.
The Championship was hosted by Metro State University-Denver and the Denver Sports Commission as part of the National Championships Festival. The 2016 Division II National Championships Festival marked the ninth occurrence of the distinctive Division II event. 76 qualifying teams and 20 qualifying individuals represented their institutions by competing for national championships in men’s and women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, softball, and men’s and women’s tennis.
Day 3 Recap
DENVER, Colo. (May 20, 2016) – Coming into the day leading by eight strokes, top-ranked Rollins posted a solid round of 293 on Friday and will head into Saturday’s final round leading by seven. The Tars are in search of their sixth NCAA Division II National Championship and first since 2008. Rollins has won a record five NCAA Division II National Championships and finished runner-up six other times.
Rollins (871) leads the defending Champions, Indianapolis (878), who sits second after a third round 292. Dallas Baptist (885) shot a 294 to hold on to third while Tarleton State (886) jumped two spots to fourth after a 285, the only round under par on Friday. Nova Southeastern (889) fell to fifth after a third round 297.
Starting on No. 1, the Tars were even on the front, again seeing their lead grow to double digits, but the brutal back-nine proved to trouble once again. Rollins shot five-over on the back en route to their 293.
Senior Hally Leadbetter entered the day with the 36-hole lead and is now tied for fourth with 215 strokes after carding a 74. Lexie Toth posted her second straight 74 and moves into a tie for ninth while Annie Dulman (221) and Paige Lyle (221) are tied for 16th. Dulman shot her best round of the championships with a one-under 71. Madison Lellyo also carded her low round of the tournament with a two-over 74 and is now tied for 48th with 229 strokes.
Leadbetter’s day included four birdies, including back-to-back red numbers on 15 and 16, eight pars and six bogey’s. Toth was even on the front, birdieing No. 3 before bogeying the par four ninth. The sophomore would go on to shoot two-over on the back with a pair of birdies, four pars, two bogey’s and a double on 16.
Dulman opened her round with five straight pars before back-to-back birdies on 6 and 7. The senior would bogey No. 8 and take the turn at one-under. She would fall back to even par after bogeying the par-5 11th but came back with a birdie on 12 before closing with six straight pars.
Lyle struggled a bit after her career best 68 on Thursday, finishing with 12 pars and six bogey’s en route to her 78 while Lellyo carded an unbelievably steady round, opening with 12 straight pars and eventually finished with 16 pars and pair of bogey’s on 13 and 17.
Day 2 Recap
DENVER, Colo. (May 19, 2016) – Coming into day two tied for the lead, Rollins came out firing, sitting as low as six-under midway through the round before finishing with a 288 and separated themselves from the field. The Tars (578) now sit eight shots ahead of second place Indianapolis, who shot the low round of the day at 286. Individually, Hally Leadbetter (-3) leads by two strokes while Paige Lyle (-1) is tied for second.
Indianapolis (586) was one of the big movers of the day, jumping four spots to sit alone in second, eight strokes behind Rollins. Dallas Baptist (591) shot a 298 on Thursday and held steady in third with Nova Southeastern (592) dropping three spots to fourth after a second round 302. Saint Leo (599) carded a 294 to leap five spots to fifth, seven strokes back of NSU.
Rollins began day two on the front and collectively shot two-under at the turn. The lead would grow to double digits as the Tars shot a combined four-under on 10 and 11 but top-ranked Rollins managed just a pair of birdies the rest of the way and finished with an even par round of 288.
Leadbetter (141) was fantastic on Thursday, shooting a bogeyless round that included three birdies and 15 pars to move into the lead after 36 holes but it was Lyle (143) who carded Rollins’ low round, shooting a career low 68 to move into a tie for second. Lexie Toth shot a 74 and is now tied for 10th with 145 strokes and Annie Dulman (150) is tied for 22nd after a second round 78. Madison Lellyo is tied for 52nd with 155 strokes.
Leadbetter shot two under on the front, birdieing the par-four fourth and the par-five seventh, before shooting a one-under 35 on the back, birdieing the par-five 11th.
Lyle’s day was a bit more up and down, finishing with a pair of eagles, including holing out from the fairway on 10, three birdies, 10 pars and three bogey’s. The junior nailed a 15-footer from just off the green on 18 to top-off her career best round.
Feeling a bit under the weather, Toth was one-under on the front, posting eight pars and a birdie on seven. The sophomore birdied 10 to move to two-under on the day but followed with bogey-par-double en route a three-over 39 on the back.
After a three-over 39 on the front, Dulman carded back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11 but ran into a stretch where she was six-over over a four-hole span to move to plus-seven. The senior would recover to finish par-birdie on 17 and 18 to finish with a 78. Lellyo’s day two included a birdie, 12 pars, four bogey’s and a double.
Day 1 Recap
DENVER, Colo. (May 18, 2016) – After gloomy weather for their practice round on Tuesday, the top-ranked Tars came out in perfect conditions on Wednesday and shot a first round 290, good for a tie for first after day one at the 2016 National Championship.
Rollins started the day on the back and hung around the top third of the leaderboard all morning long as just a few shots separated the top-five for much of the round.
Fourth-ranked Nova Southeastern matched the Tars with a first round 290 while both sit three shots ahead of No. 11 Dallas Baptist (293), who is alone in third. No. 17 Augustana University (297) is fourth after day one with No. 30 Findlay (299) rounding out the top five after one round.
Lexie Toth leads Rollins after a 1-under round of 71 on Wednesday and will head into Thursday tied for fourth. Seniors Annie Dulman (72) and Hally Leadbetter (72) both shot even-par and are tied for sixth. Paige Lyle shot 75 and is tied for 28th and Madison Lellyo (78) is tied for 49th.
Toth’s day opened with five straight pars before going birdie-bogey-birdie on 15, 16, and 17 to sit at 1-under at the turn. The sophomore then shot even par on the front, carding a bogey at No. 1 before birdieing the par-5 third.
Dulman carded two birdies, 14 pars, and a par of bogey’s on Wednesday en route to her 72 with Leadbetter posting four birdie’s, 12 pars, and four bogey’s on the day. The senior birdied two of her last three holes and got up and down from just off the green on nine to pull back to even par for the day.
Lyle’s lone blemish on her first nine was a double on the par four 13th, as she shot a two-over 38 on the front before coming back with a 37 on the back, including one birdie, six pars, and a pair of bogey’s. Lellyo’s carded three birdie’s, six pars, and nine bogey’s in round one.