ELGIN, S.C. (May 10, 2017) – Needing to make up at least five shots heading into the final round of the NCAA Division II Super Regional, Rollins mounted an incredible comeback and vaulted to a runner-up finish and spot in the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament.
The third-ranked Tars shot the best score of any school the entire tournament, posting a 12-over 300 Wednesday to jump over Saint Leo, Lee and Nova Southeastern.
Top-ranked Barry won the Region with a 54-over score of 918 (308-304-306). Rollins was right behind with a 59-over 923 (316-307-300) after its low final round. The Tars were in the early tee times and needed to post a low number before watching the leaders finish.
Nova Southeastern and Lee tied for third with matching scores of 928. Lee won the second playoff hole to grab the last spot in the national championship.
“I'm so proud of the team's great demeanor and resilience all week,” said head coach Julie Garner. “The freshmen played like veterans today as they have much of the season. We didn't have our best week of preparation due to exams, papers, presentations etc., but it's the definition of student athlete! They responded today and did what they needed to do. We are honored to be going to Findlay, hometown of the matriarch of our program, the late great Peggy Kirk Bell.”
Freshman Seher Atwal tied for seventh to lead the Tars, shooting an 11-over 227. After shooting rounds of 78-73 over the first two days, she started Wednesday with back-to-back bogeys. A birdie on No. 3 was followed by an eagle on the par-five fifth to get her back to red numbers. Atwal was one-under at the turn and played the back at five-over to end the day with a four-over 76.
Lexie Toth made an eight-spot jump on the leaderboard and finished in a tie for 10th with a 12-over score of 228. The junior shot 80 to open and rebounded with a 76 Tuesday to set up the final round. On Wednesday, she played the front-nine even after a birdie on No. 9. She was even to start the back before posting a birdie on No. 15 that pushed the Tars team score into the top-three. She took a bogey on the last hole and finished the day with an even-par 72.
“Lexie was busy being Lexie today,” added Garner. “She played her absolute best and when we needed her most, similar to her under-par score at last year's NCAA Championship that propelled us to the title. It will be great for her to play close to home next week.”
Freshman Selin Timur was also a big mover on Wednesday, climbing 12 spots to tie for 21st with an 18-over 234. She put up rounds of 83-76 to start and finished a three-over 75. The Istanbul, Turkey native was two-over at the turn and played the back even par, highlighted by two birdies on the par-five's.
The Tars will now look to defend their national title from a year ago, May 17-20 at the Findlay Country Club in Findlay, Ohio.
DAY 2 RECAP
ELGIN, S.C. (May 9, 2017) – Rollins was nine-shots better in the second round than the first, but didn't gain any ground on the field and remained in fifth place at the NCAA Division II Super Region Tournament.
The third-ranked Tars posted a score of 307 on Tuesday and are now 47-over par with 623 strokes. Rollins is one off of fourth-place Lee (318-304) and four strokes back of Nova Southeastern (318-301) for third place and a spot in the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Top-ranked Barry leads the way with a 36-over score of 612 while Saint Leo is second with 616 strokes.
Freshman Seher Atwal climbed seven spots on the leaderboard into a tie for seventh, posting a seven-over score of 151 after a one-over 73 Tuesday. She took a bogey on the first, but got the stroke back with a birdie on the par-five fourth. After two more bogeys, she closed the front with a birdie on nine. The back started with birdie, before slipping with back-to-back bogeys on 11 and 12. A birdie on 14 was followed by four pars to close the round. In all, Atwal played the course's four par-5's at three-under.
Junior Lexie Toth also made a big climb on the leaderboard, moving nine spots to a tie for 18th. She posted a consistent four-over 76 behind 14 pars and four bogeys.
Selin Timur made the biggest move for the Tars, moving 17 spots into a tie for 33rd place. The newcomer turned in a four-over 76 second round and is now 15-over for the tournament with 159 strokes.
The NCAA Division II Super Regional will conclude with 18 final holes on Wednesday, May 10 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Rollins will play with Lee and West Georgia starting on hole No. 1 Fans can follow the action live at GolfStat.com.
DAY 1 RECAP
ELGIN, S.C. (May 8, 2017) – The third-ranked Rollins women's golf tem fired a first round 316 and is tied for fifth to start the NCAA Division II Super Region 2 Tournament.
The Tars are just eight shots off the early pace, set by top-ranked Barry after an opening 308. Saint Leo is second a shot back while West Georgia is third after an opening 311. Montevallo (313) is fourth while Florida Tech and Rollins are both tied for the last spot in the top-five.
Seher Atwal and Paige Lyle both shot opening scores of 78 to sit tied for 14th. Lyle was five-over on the front before enjoying a solid back, playing the last nine-holes at just one-over. Atwal was one-over after the first seven holes before suffering doubles on the last two holes of the front. The freshman then played the back at one-over to grab a spot in the top-15.
The Tars will tee off staring at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9 playing with Montevallo and Florida Tech. Fans can follow the action live at GolfStat.com.