HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Mother Nature decided three rounds was enough for Methodist University’s women’s golf team in 2011.

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The Monarchs held a 12-shot advantage over Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) when the final round of the NCAA Women’s Division III Championships started on Saturday at the Mission Inn and Golf Resort. Rain and lightning wiped out the final 18 holes with only half of the field finished. Methodist led by 11 when play was halted and scores through three rounds determined the champion.

It was Methodist’s 14th consecutive title.

“You always want to finish on the golf course it you can,” said second-year Methodist coach Tom Inczauskis. “But we did the work the first three days. We played some great golf on a tough golf course and we were up by 11 going into the back nine [Friday]. I’d like to think we would have hung on.

“It’s been a real honor for me to coach such successful ladies. They’ve done it with six different coaches. They are such capable players. Not one of them wants to see it end on their watch.”

Methodist senior Paige Caldwell, a native of Hudson, Ohio, was tied with Centre College’s Emily Bachert at 17-over when play was stopped. But entering the final round Caldwell led by three shots and earned medalist a year after finishing second. She shot rounds of 77-76-79. Bachert carded rounds of 80-79-76.

Senior Emily Jackson (85-79-77) finished fifth at 22-over, nine shots behind Caldwell. Gretchen McLean, a third Methodist senior, tied for 14th at 28-over.

Junior Andrea Daley tied for 29th and Kelsie Carralero, the squad’s lone underclassmen, was 48th.

Gustavus Adolphus, also runner-up in 2010, was led by Katie Schenfeld, who tied for third at 20-over-par with Washington’s Hannah Buck. Adolphus’ Rikka Holiday tied for sixth at 23-over, while Annie Jackson was also among top 25.

Illinois Wesleyan, St. Mary’s (Ind.) and Depauw rounded out the top 5 in the 19-team field.