NCAA RSS http://www.ncaa.comnews/golf-women/d2/rss.xml NCAA RSS - DII Women's Golf en No. 1 Lynn smashes records, extends program-record winning streak <p><strong>No. 1 Lynn, No. 2 Rollins, No. 3 Barry, No. 4 Florida Tech, No. 6 Saint Leo, No. 9 Florida Southern at the Lady Moc Golf Classic</strong></p><p><strong>LAKELAND, Fla. -- </strong>Lynn continued to re-write its own history books as it extended its program-record winning streak to five tournaments following a two-stroke victory at the Lady Moc Golf Classic on Tuesday. The Fighting Knights set a school record for 54-hole scoring with an 886 while Samantha Smolen picked up her second individual win of the season with a program and tournament-best 216 total on the 6,085-yard, par 72 Grasslands Country Club course.</p><p>A two-stroke lead after the opening round quickly improved to eight following a tournament-best 289 in the second round. Unfortunately for the Fighting Knights, the rest of the field caught up to the top-ranked team in the nation. No. 25 Nova Southeastern closed the gap to two shots (888) and second-ranked Rollins four back (890) at the end. Fourth-ranked Florida Tech (902) and No. 11 West Florida (918) rounded out the top-five.&nbsp;</p><p>Lynn’s 886 total smashed the previous 54-hole low of 898, which was set last year at the Lady Moc Classic. This is just the second 54-hole event under 900 in program history.</p><p>Smolen is now the record-holder for 36 and 54-hole scoring. She previously broke the 36-hole total twice this season and beat the previous 54-hole best of 218 set by Natasha Morgan in 2006. She finished with scores of 72-71-73 for her second victory of the season and fourth of her career.</p><p><strong>No. 5 St. Edward's, No. 7 Tarleton State at the Lady Rattler Invitational</strong></p><p><strong>SAN ANTONIO --</strong>&nbsp;Tarleton State finished in second place after slipping one spot following the conclusion of round two-play at the Lady Rattler Invitational, held at Dominion Golf Course.</p><p>The TexAnns were just four shots off of Monday's pace, carding a +23 (311) on Monday to finish the event with a score of +42 (307-311=618).</p><p>St. Edward's managed to come back from four-strokes down, recording a second-round score of even-par (288) on Tuesday and to finish 19-strokes ahead of the TexAnns at +23 (311-288=599). SEU's Haley Haught won the individual title after carding a -8 (64) on Tuesday. Haught finished the event -3 (141) after posting a +5 (77) on Monday.</p> Indianapolis vaults four spots to claim second place at St. Edward's <p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">AUSTIN, Texas -- </strong>Indianapolis vaulted four spots on the second and final day of the St. Edwards's Invitational to capture second place among the 14-team field. Six of the competing schools received votes in the latest Golf World/WGCA Golf D-II Coaches' Poll, including the fifth-ranked and host Hilltoppers, who took the team title by a single stroke.</p><p>After settling in sixth place after Monday's opening round, the Greyhounds combined to shot a 307 Tuesday, easily the lowest score of the day. Junior Chanice Young (77-76) led the way at +11, good for a share of sixth place individually. Senior Jaclyn Schindler (79-76) also finished in the top 10, as her +13 tied for ninth.</p><p>Senior Amy Thompson (78-78) tied for 15th, senior Jenny Konop (88-77) shared 37th and sophomore Molly Ward (83-84) placed 44th among the 72-golfer field.</p> No. 7 Tarleton State wins by 36 strokes at Las Vegas Desert Classic <p><strong>LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- </strong>Tarleton State won its second event of the 2013-14 season, coming away with a 36-stroke victory at the Las Vegas Desert Classic that was held at Paiute Golf Club and hosted by Missouri-St. Louis.</p><p>The TexAnns, currently ranked No. 7 in the nation, fired a 22-over-par (310) in Sunday's first round that was forced to be finished Monday morning due to darkness. Tarleton led by 12 strokes after the conclusion of the first round and then followed it up with a 14-over (302) in Monday's final round. The TexAnns would complete the two-day event with a combined score of 36-over (310+302=612).</p><p>Tarleton finished ahead of Colorado State-Pueblo, who finished in second place with a two-day score of 72-over (322+326=648). Ashland (75-over, 651), Missouri-St. Louis (78-over, 654) and Redlands (80-over, 656) rounded out the top-five teams in a tournament that consisted of 14 competing schools.</p><p>Isabel Jimenez-Perea paced the TexAnns with a two-day score of 5-over (77+72=149) to win her third individual title of the year and Beatriz Prados followed with a tie for second place with a score of 6-over (74+76=150). For Prados, it was her first top-five finish as a TexAnn.</p><p>Sarah Fulfer carded a two-day score of 12-over (8+78=156) to finish in fifth place, while Jessica Pickwick finished in a tie for sixth place with a score of 13-over (81+76=157). Sharon Lau rounded out Tarleton's play with a score of 15-over (81+78=159) to finish in a tie for ninth place, giving all five TexAnn competitors a top-10 finish for the first time this season.</p> Top-ranked Lynn places four in top 10 to win first Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. --</strong> It was another good day on the links for Lynn as it claimed its first victory at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational, and sixth consecutive of the season. Four members of the Fighting Knights placed in the top 10, highlighted by Samantha Smolen’s runner-up finish and Jessica Bradley’s team-best seventh top-10 of the year.</p><p>Heading into the final day of competition leading by 12 strokes, the Blue &amp; White managed a 303 for a 903 overall total score. Florida Tech (913) leap-frogged host Rollins (922) for second with a tournament-low 294 while fellow Sunshine State Conference schools Nova Southeastern (940) and Barry (944) settled for fourth and fifth.</p><p>Lynn has been participating in the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational since 1999. Its previous best finish came in 2013 when it claimed second overall. Prior to 2013, the Fighting Knights had only claimed one top-three finish at the PKB Invite.</p><p>Smolen was looking to pick up her second consecutive tournament win but a 75-over the last 18-holes pushed her three strokes behind Johanna Larsson of Florida Tech, who shot a tournament-low 70. She fired a 221 total for her sixth top-10 finish this season.</p><p>Bradley was the low golfer on the day for Lynn, shooting a 74 to end the 54-hole competition with a 225 total. She claimed fifth place outright. Louise Manalo and Ellen Chambers shared eighth place together, each carding scores of 230, while Irene Calvo shot her best round of the tournament to close with a 240.</p> Record round by Laura Lindsey puts Texas-Tyler in front at Jeykll Island <p><strong>JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga.</strong> -- Defending national individual champion Laura Lindsey was dominant on Saturday, firing a tournament-record 68 to lead UT-Tylerto the lead at the end of the second round of the Jekyll Island Invitational.&nbsp; Lindsey recorded two eagles on the day, shooting four-under par.</p><p>Lindsey, a sophomore, and 2013 National Champion, recorded two eagles for the round, igniting her to a Jekyll record 68.</p><p>After starting the back-nine with a bogey and two pars, Lindsey recorded the first eagle on the par-four 13th hole.</p><p>"The first one [on 13], I was about 120 yards out", said Lindsey. "I knew I hit it well, but couldn't see the hole".</p><p>On 15, Lindsey's second shot was about 140 yards out, but the savy-sophomore once again, put her shot on target.</p><p>"I saw that the ball was on the green, then all of-a-sudden, I couldn't see it."&nbsp; "I started laughing", said Lindsey, "no way I just did that again".</p><p>The talented Texan had never posted two eagles in one round, accomplishing the feat in her record-breaking round on Saturday. Lindsey has won six tournaments since becoming a Patriot in the fall of 2012.</p><p>"UT-Tyler is a great place to get an education, and our team is comprised of girls who love the sport, and want to compete for championships every time out".</p><p>The Patriots are competing again for a title, sitting in first-place by four strokes against second-place Rhodes College, who shot a combined 318 on Day 2.</p><p>Lindsey's teammate, Taylor Sloane also had a solid day, firing a 75, finishing the day in a tie for fourth place.</p><p>The Patriots' round-one leader, Marina Rhodes, shot an 84 in the second round, dropping her to a 29th-place tie.</p><p>Jordan Sloane improved in the second round, finishing with an 80 (T-57th), while Morgan Loth improved by one stroke with an 84.</p><p>Head coach Grant Spencer was proud of the Patriots' efforts.</p><p>"All coaches are excited when a player shoots a low-round score, and I am thrilled it was one of our own today", Spencer said.</p><p>"We are excited to be in the lead in this premier tournament, with great competition and a great host in Oglethorpe.&nbsp; We have been coming here for five years and love it."</p><p>Spencer also added, "We always seem to play well here, but this is our best showing yet.&nbsp; Hopefully we can play well tomorrow and close it out".</p> Arkansas Tech tops No. 7 Central Okla. in shortened Mo. Western Invitational <p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">ST. JOSEPH, Mo. --</strong> Rebecka Surtevall and Megan Jeffery carded opening-round 75s (3-over-par), while No. 22 Arkansas Tech combined to shoot an opening-round 311 to take an 11-stroke win in the snow-shortened Missouri Western Spring Invitational.</p><p>Four groupings, representing Central Missouri, Henderson State, Southern Nazarene and Southwest Baptist, did not conclude their opening round at the tournament on Day 1, and concluded play Monday morning, at which time the second round of the event was cancelled due to inclement weather.</p><p>Caroline Fredensborg finished tied for fourth place, four strokes off the pace set by her teammates after an opening-round 79 (7-over), while Laura Gallizo fired an 82 (10-over) to tie for 12th and Taylor Kline shot an 84 (12-over) to tie for 19th place in the 85-player field.</p><p>Seventh-ranked Central Oklahoma finished in second by shooting 322.</p> No. 10 West Florida finishes first at Argonaut Invitational by 21 strokes <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>PACE, Fla. --</strong> West Florida shot a team-wide 926 to take first place out of seven teams in the Argonaut Invitational held at the Stonebrook Golf Club. The Argonauts shot 612 in the first day’s action and then followed up with a 314 in the final day of play.</p> <p>Daisy-May Kenny led the way for the Argos after placing second individually with a 13-over par 229 (76, 75, 78). Elin Olsson followed Kenny in third place after scoring 231.</p> <p>Aimee Paterson carded a 234 (72, 83, 79) to finish fifth as West Florida had three individuals finish in the top five of the tournament. Camila Sevillano and Lily Kent shot 238 and 242, respectively, to round out the team scores for UWF, while Fanny Starzmann recorded a 249 (81, 83, 85) competing individually.</p> <p>Saint Leo placed second in the tournament after posting a 947, 21 strokes behind the Argos, while Limestone rounded out the top three after shooting 956.</p> Top-ranked Lynn claims Bash-at-the-Beach Invitational <p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --</strong> After the sting of having its winning streak snapped, Lynn’s top-ranked team returned to what it does best: winning golf tournaments. And boy, did the Fighting Knights win in memorable fashion, setting program records for 18- and 36-hole scoring in winning the Bash-at-the-Beach Invitational by 27 strokes.</p> <p>Adding to the accomplishments, Lynn saw all five starters finish in the top-six for the first time in school history, the team broke the record for top-10 finishes in a season with 33, Jessica Bradley broke the record for individual top-10 finishes by placing in the top 10 for the 10th consecutive tournament and Samantha Smolen became the school’s career leader in top-10 finishes.</p> <p>The Blue &amp; White were looking for a quality score in their final round before the Sunshine State Conference championship. They left little doubt about their readiness for the league tournament after shooting a 10-under par 282 team round, surpassing the previous school record by three strokes. Lynn’s 579 total topped the program record by three strokes also. Only one other team, Stetson, was able to shoot under 300 on the day. Flagler clinched second place at 606, followed by the Hatters at 612. Seminole State (615) and host Embry-Riddle (624) rounded out the top-five.</p> <p>Lynn had three golfers, Bradley, Louise Manalo and Smolen, post a three-under par 70 on the 6,106-yard par 73 LPGA International Jones Course. Smolen led the Fighting Knights contingent with a 143 total to place second, two shots back of Chanya Angwarawong of Seminole State. Smolen, out of Lake Worth, Fla., collected the 23rd top-10 finish in her career, surpassing Maha Haddioui for first place in school history.</p> <p>Louise Manalo took third individually with a 144 score for her fourth top-10 finish of the season. Bradley followed behind in fourth place and is now tied with Haddioui with 22 top-10 finishes in a career.</p> <p>Not many times do you throw away an under-par score but the Fighting Knights had the luxury of choosing between one-under par 72s from both Irene Calvo and Ellen Chambers. Calvo placed fifth, her highest finish of the season, with a 147 while Chambers shot a 148 to tie for sixth, her fifth top-10 finish of the year.</p> <p>Also in the mix was Estefania Buritica, who posted a 165 to finish as the second-best individual unattached to a team.</p> <p>The Fighting Knights will look for win No. 9 of the season when they take part in the Sunshine State Conference Championship, beginning April 13.</p> No. 2 Barry wins rain-shortened U.S. Women's Invitational by five strokes <p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">CHARLOTTE, N.C. --</strong> Barry won the U.S. Women’s Invitational on Tuesday, hosted by Belmont Abbey.</p> <p>The No. 2-ranked Buccaneers shot 302 in the lone round of the tournament on the par-72, 6,094-yard Pine Island Country Club course. The 10-team, 55-player field was reduced to one round after rain washed out Monday’s scheduled 36 holes.</p> <p>Barry beat runner-up Florida Tech by five strokes. North Carolina-Pembroke (313) and Newberry (322) finished third and fourth, respectively, while Florida Southern and Erskine tied for fifth at 324.</p> <p>It is the Buccaneers’ fourth tournament title of the season and second this spring.</p> <p>Barry’s Nancy Vergara, Francesca Perini and Nicky Ferre tied for third after each shot 3-over 75. Florida Tech’s Johanna Larson won the individual medalist honor, shooting 1-over 73. Erskine’s Krysta Schaus was the runner-up with a 74.</p> <p>Barry’s Daniela Murray, competing as an individual, and teammate Maria Paola Fiorio, tied for ninth after shooting 77. Barry’s Martina Bertuccioli shot 78 to tie for 14th.</p> <p>Ferre, Vergara and Perini were all named to the all-tournament team, along with Larson and Schaus.</p> Top-ranked Lynn captures first Sunshine State Conference crown <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 50px; height: 50px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>DADE CITY, Fla. -- </strong>Lynn's top-ranked squad won the Sunshine State Conference championship for the first time in program history with a team score of 897 on the par-72, 6175-yard course at Lake Jovita Golf &amp; Country Club. The Fighting Knights shot a 305 in the final round to win by a four-stroke margin above Rollins. Jessica Bradley and Louise Manalo both shot 54-hole scores of 222 to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place earning all-tournament honors.</p> <p>Heading in to the final round of the 54-hole tournament, Lynn held a nine shot lead over Rollins. Irene Calvo and Samantha Smolen both led the team shooting 75 in the final round of the championship. Louise Manalo played a consistent first two rounds to sit comfortably in the top-10 with 18 holes to play. She shot a 77 in the final round when she began the day with three birdies and four bogeys to finish her first nine holes 1-over par.</p> <p>Bradley shot six-over on the day when she fell into some trouble on holes three and six. A clean chip shot on hole nine would put her two feet from the pin where she would end her day with a birdie. Senior Ellen Chambers finished with a 78 in the final round for a 232 final score.</p> <p>Bradley’s top-5 finish is the second of her career at the SSC championships. Last season the junior from Bishop Nympton, England, finished in second. Along with Manalo, the duo marks the 10th and 11th golfers in Lynn history to earn SSC all-tournament team honors.</p> <p>The victory marks the sixth tournament win of the spring season and ninth of the 2013-14 year. Rollins finished with a team score of 901 while Barry and Nova Southeastern tied for third place with a 912. Saint Leo slipped to fifth place with a 915 while Florida Southern put together a 924. Florida Tech (928), Tampa (1001) and Eckerd (1102) rounded out the bottom of the field.</p>