Women's golf: Rhodes College wins weather-shortened DIII championship
HOUSTON, Texas - The top-ranked Rhodes College women's golf team capped off a remarkable season by claiming their second national championship in program history and their second in the last three years as weather at Bay Oaks Country Club canceled the final round of play.
Teams waited out an hour-long lightning delay before the decision was made to cancel the rest of the round. All scores reverted to the end of round three and were declared official at that point.
Rhodes finished with a three-day total of 904 (312-298-294) and won by 15 strokes over Texas-Tyler's second place total of 919. George Fox University (307-315-298) and Wittenberg University (310-303-307) shared third place with 920 team totals. Defending national champion Williams College closed out the top five after posting 933.
The morning wave of tee times had finished play and the afternoon wave had most teams through nine holes before the weather hit. Rhodes was cruising as they were four-under par on the day with players throughout most of the front nine and were well on the way to shattering the 72-hole record for the championship of 1,215.
Junior Mackenzie Cohen paced the Lynx with a 222 (75-78-69) while junior Sarahanne Vaughan was right behind her with a fifth place finish after shooting a three round score of 224 (77-72-75). Vaughan's Top 10 finish earns her a spot on the All-American Honorable Mention Team, the fifth Lynx to earn All-American honors.
Freshman Emily Salamy placed 12th with a three-round score of 229 (81-72-76) while senior Meg Healy (84-76-75) and junior Nikki Isaacson (79-81-75) each finished with scores 235.
The Lynx broke two championship records at the 2016 NCAA Championship, setting a new mark for team low-round at 294 in the third round while also playing the third best round of all-time at 298 in the second round. Cohen also tied an individual mark, shooting a 69 in round three.
Rhodes enters an exclusive club as they become one of only two women's golf programs to win multiple championships (Methodist, 13). For Healy, Isaacson, and Vaughan, it is their second National Championship won in their career.
The Lynx finish the 2015-16 season undefeated against Division III opponents, winning eight out of nine tournaments.
This is the second time the Division III Women's Championship has been shortened to three rounds. Methodist University won the 2011 title in Florida when the fourth round was wiped out due to weather.
The four-day, 72-hole event was played on a par-72, 5,869-yard layout at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. Twenty-one teams and 109 student-athletes competed in the 17th Division III Women's Golf National Championship.