Women's Golf Secures Ninth at 2017 NCAA Division III Championship

Courtesy of NCAA
Courtesy of NCAA

HOUSTON, Texas - The Amherst College women's golf team secured ninth place following day four of the 2017 NCAA Division III Championship at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.

After three rounds of play, the top 15 teams in the field of 22 squads advanced to Friday's final round, while all six individuals also qualified to compete on Friday.

Rhodes finished with a 301-300-306-310=1,217 to edge George Fox's 303-303-297-316-1,219 by two strokes. Wittenberg University climbed to third place, finishing with a 1,229 total, including a final round 312. Williams College slipped to fourth place after a final round 321 dropped the Ephs to a 1,235 total for the tournament. The University of Texas at Tyler and New York University (NYU) tied for fifth place in the team standings after both teams finished at 1,246.

Bridgewater College's Christina Herbert carded a final round 74 to win the individual championship with a four-day total of 293. Wittenberg's Macy Hubbard and Rhodes' Isaacson tied for second place at 295. Jane Hopkinson-Wood of Wittenberg took fourth place with a 297 and Margaret Loncki of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) tied Washington University -St. Louis' Samantha Haubenstock for fifth place at 299. Loncki's final round, three-under 69 was the low individual score of the day as she posted an eagle and three birdies over a five-hole stretch on the front nine. Berry College's Sydney Weaver and Kristin Elich of George Fox tied for seventh place with 300's and Redlands' Caroline Ordian, the defending individual champion, tied for ninth place with Johnna Beehner of Methodist University at 303.

With consecutive national titles, Rhodes College becomes the first Division III repeat women's golf national champion since Methodist University won the last of 13 straight titles in 2012. The Lynx also join the Monarchs as the only two programs to win multiple Division III women's golf championships. Herbert's individual title is the first national championship in the five-year history of the Eagles' women's golf program.

Amherst finished the four-round tournament with an overall score of 1,268 (313-307-324-324) to finish ninth of 15 teams.

Amherst was led by Morgan Yurosek '20 who finished the tournament tied for 15th overall with a combined score of 305 (77-78-74-76). Jessica Jeong '20 finished tied for 20th overall with four-round total of 307 (77-73-76-81). Jamie Gracie '17 logged her best round of the NCAA tournament on Friday, carding an 80 to finish with a combined score of 331 (82-81-88-80). Emily Young '20 added a score of 347 (91-83-86-87).