ROLLINS ALL-TIME RECORD BOOK - Last updated July 11, 2013
THE TARS' TRADITION
Over the past decade, no collegiate program has been more dominant than women's golf at Rollins College. One would even be hard pressed to find a more distinguished and tradition rich program than the Tars have built over their nearly 80 years on the links. From the time of legendary star Peggy Kirk Bell in the 1940's to the present era, Rollins has made a habit of turning out great golfers and also of ranking among the top programs in the country.
The Tars' first national title came in 1948 as Rollins defeated Ohio State behind the play of Ohio native Judy Baker. The following year, Betty Rowland, now Betty Probasco, transferred to Rollins from Kentucky and led the Tars to the 1950 national championship. Six years later, Rollins again found themselves atop the rankings as the 1956 national champions.
Nearly twenty years would pass before the Tars claimed their next championship. The 1974 Rollins squad defeated teams from all of the top major colleges in the country to win the AIAW National Championship.
The 1990's was a particularly fruitful decade for the Tars, as Rollins claimed three national championships and finished second on five other occasions. Rollins claimed back-to-back national titles in 1991 and 1992 and regained the championship in 1994. The Tars finished second to Longwood (VA) College in 1990, 1993 and 1995 and behind only Methodist (NC) College in the inaugural NCAA Division II/III Championship in 1996. In 1999, the Tars placed second to Sunshine State Conference rival Florida Southern.
The 2003 season sparked an improbable championship run that is sure to go unmatched for decades to come. Four straight national championships, four straight regional titles and four straight Sunshine State Conference titles thrust the Tars into the spotlight and made them the NCAA's most successful women's golf program. After finishing runner-up multiple times, the Tars captured their first NCAA Division II National Championship, led by freshman and individual champion Charlotte Campbell, who was also named National Player of the Year. Rollins came back the following year and set a new NCAA record by winning the team title by a record 68 strokes. Campbell repeated as individual national champion and Player of the Year. Rollins kept rolling through the 2005 season, winning national championship number three in a row by 35 strokes. The following year was more of a test, but the Tars still claimed their fourth straight championship in dramatic fashion. Senior Mariana De Biase birdied the final two holes of her collegiate career to win the individual title by one stroke. As the dust settled after the 2006 title, the Tars laundry list of accomplishments over the past four years included four National Player of the Year awards (Charlotte Campbell), three NCAA Division II National Champion medalists (Charlotte Campbell twice, Mariana De Biase once), two National Coach of the Year awards (Julie Garner), 20 NGCA All-American honors, and four Sunshine State Conference titles.
A new era was ushered in with Mays Landing, New Jersey native Joanna Coe joining the Tars as a freshman in 2007. She immediately established herself as one of the top collegiate players in the nation, winning medalist honors at the 2008 NCAA Division II National Championship.
Lost in all of the team accolades are the several Tars who have enjoyed individual success at the NCGA and NCAA level. Debbie Pappas '92 , won three Division II national championships. Bettina Walker '89 claimed a pair of NCGA titles while at Rollins. Cherie Hansen '96, was the 1996 NCAA Division II "Golfer-of-the-Year." Jennifer Tollette '97 posted three second place and one third place finish in her four trips to the National Championship. Tar Shruti Khanna tied for third in the 1997 NCAA Division II/III Championships. In the 2003 season, the Tars had three players in the top ten, including freshman Freddie Seeholzer, who finished fourth. Jennifer Beames finished tied for seventh, and Lena Mathies placed ninth. Charlotte Campbell is history's first ever four-time national player of the year, winning 2003-2006, and was twice low score at the national tournament. She was also twice honored as the Sunshine State Conference Female Athlete of the Year with teammate Mariana De Biase garnering the award once. Beames and Campbell are the SSC's only two-time winners of the Golfer of the Year award.
While the team success of the Tars has been tremendous, Rollins is also known for turning out some of the top professional golfers on the LPGA tour.
This trend began early as former Rollins star Peggy Kirk Bell was among the original pioneers of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Since then, several former Rollins stars have gone on to earn glory on the professional tour.
Before retiring from the LPGA Tour in the late 1980s, Jane Blalock enjoyed tremendous professional success. She claimed 29 tour victories and was ranked among the top 10 on the money list 10 times. At one stretch during her career, Blalock went 12 years without missing a single cut.
The youngest player ever to win the USGA Junior Girls Championship, Hollis Stacy went on to enjoy a standout career at Rollins before developing into one of the top players on the LPGA Tour. During her time on the tour, Stacy claimed 18 tour titles and won more than $2 million. She is one of only four women to win the U.S. Open Championship three times, having claimed the title in back-to-back years of 1977 and 1978 and then again in 1984. She has ranked among the top 10 in earnings five times and placed in the top 10 in at least one event almost every year of her nearly three-decade career.
Muffin Spencer-Devlin is another former Tar who has enjoyed success on the LPGA Tour. The winner of three tournament titles and more than $900,000 during her career, Spencer-Devlin has topped the $100,000 mark in seasonal earnings three times.
Former Rollins standout Debbie Austin enjoyed a very productive career on the LPGA Tour. She posted seven tour victories and was ranked among the top 30 on the LPGA all-time career money list at the time of her retirement. She also later spent one season as coach of the Rollins women's golf squad.
Julie Larsen Piers, a 1984 Rollins graduate, also found success on the LPGA tour . Piers ranked 35th on the tour money list in 1996 after finishing 22nd in 1995. She earned her first and LPGA Tour victory in the 1995 Edina Realty LPGA Classic and retired from The Tour with $956,846 in career earnings.
In addition, several former Rollins women's golfers have distinguished themselves on the amateur level. Marlene Stewart Streit was the winner of the 1994 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship. Alice Dye, Betty Rowland Probasco and Barbara McIntire have also enjoyed tremendous success. Peggy Brass is a former coach of the Tars and has won many local Orlando golfing events.
Currently, Charlotte Campbell is making her mark in the LPGA after qualifying as an amateur for the 2006 U.S. Women's Open. She is currently playing in the LPGA Future's Tour.'
ROLLINS WOMEN'S GOLF TIMELINE
1930 - Golf classes start at Sanlando C.C. and are taught by “Miss Marjorie Weber—“The Pro” - first classes and tournament played in the spring of 1930
1931 - Classes met at Aloma C.C…an odd even tournament was held. Through the years, individual women enthusiasts appeared on the pages of The Tomokan: Jones, Wood, Priscilla Hakes, Burk, etc. Doty Lang was the golf head.
1933 - Priscilla Hakes becomes the golf head
1937 – Women’s varsity golf team comprised of Ann Whyte, Betty Myers, Cricket Manwaring and Marie Smith. Women’s intramural golf becomes active.
1938 - Golf included in Play Day at Stetson
1941-42 - Several renowned players arrive at Rollins to compete on the women’s golf team. Of those include all-time great (Margaret) Peggy Kirk from Findlay, Ohio; Georgia Tainter, Fargo, N.D.; Mary Jane Garman, Hammond, Ind.; and Sally Mendelson, Cleveland, Ohio. Peggy Kirk was an outstanding golfer and went on to play in local and regional tournaments while playing for Rollins (Miami Biltmore, South Atlantic, Palm Beach Tournament). Peggy was an R Club member and went on to prominence as an LPGA Tour Pioneer Player, capturing the Title of Holders Championship. She is known as the “Teacher of Teachers” and owns the Pine Needles Golf Course in Southern Pines, N.C., which was developed by her and her late husband Warren Bell. Her continued support, talent and financial support to Rollins over the years is reflected in the annual Peggy Kirk-Bell Invitational.
1945 – The Class of ’45 draws popular names with Jeanne Cline from Bloomington, Ill. She is known for winning the Tam O’Shanter All-American (1943), Decatur (Ill.) Open (1944), Illinois State (1944), Portland Amateur (1940), and Western Junior (1941). Babe Wolf was also on the roster as she was a good local player. She was teamed with Alice O’Neal, the Indiana Junior Champion. She launched a career as an illustrious national player and went on to marry classmate Pete Dye. The two today are a premier golf course designing couple. In 1981, Alice O’Neal-Dye was inducted into the Rollins College Sports Hall of Fame. She received many awards in the golf industry as a player and architect and supports the advancement of women’s golf.
1945-46 – Rose Ann Shaffer (Toledo, Ohio) joins the Rollins women’s golf team and plays alongside the greats of Alice O’Neal, Bett Lanier, Georgia Tainter, Jane Nelson, Lee Bongart and Mimi Ambler.
1946 – Pete Schoomaker, a former Rollins golfer, returned from the war to help instruct the women’s team and expand the team from four players to eight.
1946-47 – The Rollins women’s golf team competed in the annual Play Day at Stetson. On the squad was Detroit City Champion, Claire Mosack who played in the winter tournaments, including the Doherty Challenge Cup in Miami. Mosack, along with teammates Rose Ann, Lee and Alice played “The Summer Circuit” in clubs around the country.
1947-48 - Judy Baker (Lima, Ohio) joins the women’s team and helps lead the squad to a women’s national collegiate title over Ohio State.
1948-49 – Rollins gains two top prospects on the circuit with the arrival of Roslyn “Cookie” Swift and Betty Rowland. Swift was the NY Metro Junior Champion and Rowland was a Division I transfer from Kentucky. Rowland had already captured the KY City title and was the Central Kentucky champion. She went on to compete as Betty Probasco and became a perennial top tournament competitor. Earning medalist honors that year was Claire Mosack at the National Collegiate Championship.
1950 – Rollins captures a women’s national collegiate title – second in program history.
1951 – In her third season at Rollins, Betty Rowland led the Tars to a national championship. Members of the 1951 team included Allee Chatham, who also played on the men’s team, Marilyn Klumb and Barbara Bremerman.
1951-52 - Marlene Stewart, Canada’s “Woman Athlete of the Year”, joined the women’s golf team and shared double duties playing on the men’s team as well in 1954. Stewart won numerous championships including the British Amateur, Canadian Amateur and the CLGA Close Amateur in 1954; and the North and South Amateur, US Amateur and the National Women’s Intercollegiate in 1956
1953 – Prominent members on the women’s team included Barbara Bremerman, Mary Ann McDonald and Donna Knox.
1954 – One of the Tars’ top performers was Barbara McIntire (Toledo, Ohio). Already competing at the professional level, McIntire was the 1952 Western Jr. Champion and was the National Jr. Runner-up both in 1951 and 1952. She was also a semi-finalist at the 1954 Western Am. McIntire later went on to become a top national competitor.
Other notable women’s golfers in 1954 include Canadian-born Roma Nuendorf, Peggy Simpson (Athens, Ga.), Bevelle Nabors, Ann Rutherford (Harrisburg, Pa.), Ann Richardson (Columbus, Ohio), Lorraine “Rainy” Abboit and Carol Pflug. Simpson, Brass through marriage, was an outstanding state and regional competitor and eventually went on to become head coach of her alma mater. Nabors had her golf career cut short by a fatal plane crash and is now memorialized at her Lakewood CC in St. Petersburg, Fla.
1956 – The Tars capture their third women’s national collegiate title.
1961 – National collegiate players on the 1961 roster included Betsy Harshaw, Jane Faxon, Martha Page and Judy Jones. Martha Page was a Maine State and New England Champion while Jane Faxon was a Massachusetts Jr. Girls Champion.
1962 – Martha Page wins her fifth straight Maine Women’s State Championship. Jane Woodworth-Read also on Rollins roster and later becomes LPGA Teaching Division Pioneer.
1963-64 – Rollins women’s roster for 1963-64 includes Jane Blalock, Penny Page (Martha Page’s sister), Sally Charles, Barbara Bodman and Sabra Whiting. The five win the Florida Intercollegiate and repeat the following year (1964-65).
1965-66 – Connie Hirschman and Preston Alexius join the Rollins women’s golf team. Two years later, Hirschman becomes the Pennsylvania State champion.
1966-67 – Debbie Austin of Oneida, N.Y. joins the Rollins women’s golf team. President Hugh McKean and Rollins’ top administration build funds to send the team to compete at the National Women’s Intercollegiate Championship in Seattle, Wash. McKean made the ladies earn their expenses by setting up a challenge match whereby the team had to win every hole from him…and they did. The team’s goal that year, along with earning their trip to Washington, was to bring the Rollins name back into the national spotlight. On the team were Austin, Janie Blalock, Meezie Pritchett (Raleigh, N.C.) and Preston Alexius (Wilmington, N.C.).
1968 – Rollins’ Janie Blalock, Preston Alexius and Debbie Austin are the Tars’ contingent in the Doherty Challenge Cup. Former Rollins standouts Marlene Stewart Streit, Betty Rowland Probasco and Alice O’Neal Dye are also competing at the Doherty Challenge Cup.
1969 – Newcomers Laurie Cohen (New York), Doll Story, Ann Heath, Merry Ross and Lyn Mercer join the Rollins women’s golf team.
1973 – The first Rollins Invitational commences (forerunner to Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational). Competing in the first-ever Rollins Invitational were Hollis Stacey and Muffin Spencer, who are now on the LPGA Tour. Rollins also captures the Ryder Florida State Championship.
1974 – The Rollins women’s golf team wins their first AIAW National Championship – Cindy Patterson, Pam Clark, Pat Williams and Vicki Walker (Coach: Peggy Jarnigan).
1976 – The first-ever Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational takes place. Team coached by Joe Justice and advised by Peggy Simpson Brass.
1982 – Golfer to become LPGA Pro on the women’s team was Julie Larsen.
1986-87 – Charlotte Stone was chosen to represent Panama in the Central American Women’s Amateur Championship. Rollins finishes second at the National Small College Championship. Bettina Walker and Jannicke Nielsen were invited to compete in the NCAA Division I Championship.
1988 – Bettina Walker wins the NCAA Small College National Championship title.
1989 – Head women’s golf coach Debbie Austin is inducted into the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame – only the seventh woman to be inducted. Bettina Walker also wins her second straight NCAA Small College National Championship title.
1990 – Rollins finishes second at the NGCA National Championship, behind Longwood College. Freshman Debbie Pappas wins individual medalist honors.
1991 – Rollins wins its first NGCA National Championship since 1974 by a 21-stroke margin, while sophomore Debbie Pappas wins her second consecutive national championship title. Pappas was also invited to play at the NCAA Division I Championships and finished 67th overall.
1992 – The Rollins women’s golf team wins its second consecutive NGCA Small College National Championship title, while junior Debbie Pappas earns her third straight individual title. Pappas gets an invitation to play at the NCAA Division I Championship and is a finalist for the Honda Award in women’s golf (an award bestowed upon the top female athletes in the NCAA).
1993 – Debbie Pappas named Rollins Female Athlete of the Year. Rollins falls short in quest for third straight title and finishes second behind Longwood at the NGCA National Championship. Pappas also becomes a four-time All-American.
1994 – Rollins wins its third NGCA Division II Women’s Golf Championship title (third in four years) and Jennifer Tollette finishes runner-up in the individual standings. Tollette, along with Cherie Hansen and Andrea Latina, earn All-America honors. Hansen also represents Rollins at the NCAA Division I Tournament.
1995 – The Tars earn a runner-up finish at the NGCA Division II National Championship and Jennifer Tollette places second in the tournament field.
1996 - In the inaugural NCAA Division II/III National Women’s Golf Championship, Rollins places second, as does Jennifer Tollette. Cheri Hansen is also named NCAA Division II Golfer of the Year.
1997 – Shruti Khanna and Jennifer Tollette tie for third at the NCAA Division II/III National Championship.
1998 – Rollins fell short of earning a bid to the national tournament, despite their No. 1 national ranking throughout the season.
1999 – Rollins places third at the NCAA Division II/III National Championship. Karen Calvesbert is named First Team All-American and is crowned the Sunshine State Conference Tournament Champion.
2000 – Rollins wins the Sunshine State Conference Golf Championship, led by freshman Jennifer Beames, and finish runner-up at the NCAA Division II National Championship behind Florida Southern. Marla Weeks is named Division II National Coach of the Year, while Jennifer Beames earns National Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year laurels. Beams, along with Karen Calvesbert, are named All-American.
2001 – Rollins wins their second straight Sunshine State Conference Golf Championship crown with all five golfers placing in the top-10; Jennifer Beames earns runner-up honors. The Tars also finish second at the NCAA Division II National Championship behind Florida Southern. Beames, Karen Calvesbert, Lena Mathies and Freddie Seeholzer garner All-American accolades.
2002 – Florida Southern halts the Tars’ run for their third straight conference title as Rollins finishes second at the Sunshine State Conference Golf Championship. Freddie Seeholzer is the Tars’ top performer, placing third. The Tars struggle at the NCAA Regional Championship and fail to earn a bid to the national tournament, however, Freddie Seeholzer finished third, advancing her to the next level. Seeholzer finished sixth overall and earns All-American honors, along with Jennifer Beames.
2003 – Rollins claims the NCAA Division II National Championship title by a 39-stroke advantage over runner-up Florida Southern. Freshman Charlotte Campbell set a new DII record for the lowest total by an individual champion – 299 (78-74-76-71). Head coach Julie Garner was recognized as the Division II National Coach of the Year and Charlotte Campbell the Division II Player and Freshman of the Year. Named All-American in 2003 were Jennifer Beames, Charlotte Campbell, Mariana De Biase and Freddie Seeholzer.
Note: The championship is the eighth in the history of women’s golf at Rollins, but the first since the NCAA began sponsoring the championship in 1996.
2004 – The Rollins women’s golf team had a banner season during 2003-04. The women claimed their fourth Sunshine State Conference Golf Championship by a commanding 66-stroke margin over Florida Southern. The Tars also captured the Ryder Florida State Championship, the first since 1973. Charlotte Campbell earned individual medalist honors at both events and was named the SSC Player of the Year. Freddie Seeholzer, Ulrika Ljungman and Mariana De Biase join Campbell on the All-SSC Team. Head Coach Julie Garner was also recognized as the Coach of the Year.
Rollins also captured their second straight NCAA Division II National Championship by firing a tournament record 294 during the final round – a 68-stroke lead over runner-up Ferris State and Florida Southern. Sophomore Charlotte Campbell repeated as Division II National Player of the Year while earning individual medalist honors with a four-round score of 299. All five of the Rollins competitors finished in the top-seven. Campbell, Mariana De Biase, Ulrika Ljungman, Freddie Seeholzer and Sabrina Gassner earned All-American honors.
2005 – Rollins recorded another spectacular year in the books capturing their third straight Sunshine State Conference Golf Championship, South Region and NCAA Division II National titles. The Tars broke their own championship scoring record at the national tournament, totaling 1,185 strokes en route to a 35-stroke lead over second place Grand Valley State. Charlotte Campbell garnered her third straight Division II National Player of the Year award, placing fourth, while also earning individual medalist honors at the South Region Tournament. Campbell, Mariana De Biase, Ulrika Ljungman, Marie-Pierre Bernier and Vanessa Vela all named All-American.
2006 – Rollins becomes the first-ever program to win four straight NCAA Division II National Championships. The margin of victory was the closest in Rollins’ championship run as they won the previous three titles by an average of 47 strokes. Senior Mariana De Biase birdied the final two holes to complete a round of even par and capture the individual title by one stroke. Head coach Julie Garner was named Division II Coach of the Year while Charlotte Campbell capped off her collegiate career with her fourth Division II National Player of the Year award. De Biase was also named Sunshine State Conference Female Athlete of the Year after earning individual medalist honors at the conference tournament. She also caps off her collegiate career at Rollins as a four-time All-SSC, All-South Region and All-American honoree. Joining De Biase as an All-American honoree are Charlotte Campbell, Vanessa Vela and Marie-Pierre Bernier. During the 2005-06 season, Rollins captured seven tournament titles in 10 played.
2007 – Trying for their fourth straight national title, the Rollins women’s golf team finished runner-up at the NCAA Division II National Tournament – only the third time in program history. Cristina Gugler turned in only the second-ever sub-70 round score in championship history as she fired off a 69 in the third round. The Tars competed in a total of 12 tournaments, earning three tournament titles and finishing the season with three straight second-place finishes. Earning All-American honors were Laura Fourdraine, Cristina Gugler and Vanessa Vela.
2008 – The Rollins women’s golf team returned to their winning ways as they captured the program’s 12th national championship in record-breaking fashion. Rollins posted a four round score of 1,181 (293-301-293-294) to break their previous record of 1,185 set in 2005. Freshman Joanna Coe became the Tars’ fourth individual national champion while also breaking the championship scoring record by five strokes. She turned in scores of 71-73-68-75 for a record score of 287 strokes. Her third round score of four under par established a new championship record for low round. Coe became the second Rollins freshman to win medalist honors at the championship (Charlotte Campbell). After a standout first season at Rollins, Joanna Coe was named All-American along with Laura Fourdraine and Cristina Gugler.
2009 – Rollins wins a record seventh Sunshine State Conference title, while Joanna Coe wins medalist honors at the SSC Championship with a birdie on the second playoff hole. Two weeks later, the Tars finish tied for third place at the NCAA Division II National Championship. Rollins has now finished third or better 11 times in the 14-year history of the tournament, including five titles. Coe was the lone Tar to earn All-America honors.
2010 – The women’s team places second at the NCAA Division II National Championship held in Mesa, Ariz., only the fourth time in program history. Joanna Coe was named All-American for the third-straight season, while Fabia Rothenfluh also garnered All-American accolades. Rollins also captured a third place finish at the Sunshine State Conference Championship and were paced by junior Coe as she finished tied for seventh.
2011 – Rollins picked up their second-straight runner-up finish at the NCAA Division II National Championship while Joanna Coe concludes her collegiate career with a fourth place finish. Accolades stacked for the senior as she was named NGCA Academic All-American, Division II All-American and All-Sunshine State Conference for the fourth-straight year. She now joins Jennifer Beames, Freddie Seeholzer and Charlotte Campbell as Rollins’ only four-time NGCA All-Americans. Fabia Rothenfluh also joins Coe as an All-American.
2012 – For the first time since the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament was established, Rollins did not earn a bid, as the Tars finished seventh at the NCAA Super Regional Championship. Despite ending their tournament streak, graduating senior Fabia Rothenfluh became the first Rollins College student-athlete to be awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She concluded her collegiate career at Rollins being twice named All-America and earning a spot on the All-Sunshine State Conference Team.
2013 – For the second straight year, the women’s team failed to punch their ticket to the national tournament, although sending freshman Annie Dulman to compete as an individual. Dulman was thus named Division II National Player and Freshman of the Year. She joins Charlotte Campbell and Jennifer Beames as the only women’s golfers to be named Player and Freshman of the Year in the same competition year. The Palm Beach Garden native also earned All-American honors, along with Kayla Sciupider, Momo Sakuragi and Clara Teixeira.
1974 - Peggy Jarnigan
1978 - Joe Justice, Peggy Simpson Brass-advisor
1981-82 - Scherry Allision
1984-87 - Julie Garner
1987-89 - Debbie Austin
1989-96 - Iris Schneider
1996-97 - Julie Garner
1997-2000 - Marla Weeks
2000-Present - Julie Garner