Women’s Golf Places 14th in the Nation

Women’s Golf Places 14th in the Nation

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Friday marked the final day of the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships, and the Amherst College team finished in 14th place after making the cut into the championship round at Mission Inn Resort and Club.

Morgan Yurosek '20 was the top finisher for Amherst, placing in a tie for 34th position after shooting a 325 over the course of four days. Yurosek fired an 87 on Friday to end up +33 for the championship.

Kate Weiss '19 had the best round of the final day for Amherst. She was a stroke better than Yurosek and teammate Zoe Wong '18 and ended up tied for 49th with a +42 334.

Wong ended the tournament with three straight days of 87, putting her into a tie for 62nd place with a 343. She was one shot clear of Lily Worden '21, both on the final day, where Worden shot an 88, and for the tournament, where Worden was +52, tied for 66th overall.

Isabelle Ouyang '21 shot an 89 today, closing out her tournament in a tie for 76th place.

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas won the first Division III national championship in the history of their women's golf program Friday, and did so in dramatic fashion. They defeated Williams on a two-hole playoff, tying with the Ephs on the first hole before defeating them by one stroke on the second. The two teams fired scores of 93-over-par 1261 over the course of the four rounds.

The playoff featured each of the team's five players competing alongside one of the other team's golfers in a twosome, and all of them played the 18th hole in sequence. Williams came back from a 2-stroke deficit with two groups to play on the first hole, getting pars from Cordelia Chan and Holly Davenport while Claremont-M-S carded two bogeys, forcing the second round of playoff competition. The players played the 18th hole again for the second round, and Claremont-M-S took a 1-stroke lead with a par from Emma Lang on the third group. Williams came back to tie the score after a birdie from Chan on the fourth group, setting up the dramatic final hole. Loncki and Davenport dueled for the second time, and Loncki made par while Davenport had to settle for bogey, securing the title for the Athenas.

That wasn't the only hardware Loncki acquired on the day, though, as she took home the individual national championship after posting an impressive 11-over 303 over the course of the week, putting her three strokes ahead of New York University's Navika Kuchakulla for the individual medal. Jane Hopkinson-Wood from Wittenberg finished four back of Loncki in third, while Methodist's Johnna Beehner came in six back in fourth. DePauw's Rachele Miller rounded out the top five at seven behind Loncki.

George Fox finished third as a team at 104-over 1272, coming in 11 strokes behind the tie for first. New York University finished fourth at 110-over 1278 and Carnegie Mellon came in at 118-over 1286. Carleton, Whitman, Methodist, Berry, DePauw and Washington (Missouri) rounded out the top 10, with DePauw and Washington coming in tied for 10th.

The 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship is being co-hosted by Oglethorpe University and the Central Florida Sports Commission, marking the third time that the pair has collaborated to host the tournament at Mission Inn in the last five years.