ALLENDALE, Mich. (May 14, 2011) - For the second straight year and fifth time in school history, the Rollins women's golf team finished runner-up at the NCAA Division II National Championship.
The Tars shot rounds of 293-300-291 the first three days of the tournament and sat in second, one stroke up on Florida Southern heading into the final round. Facing blustery winds and temperatures hovering in the 50s, Rollins shot a 301 to end the event with 1,185 strokes. The score tied Rollins NCAA Championship scoring record set in 2005.
Nova Southeastern smashed nearly every scoring record en route to winning its third straight national title. The Sharks were in control from the start, carding rounds of 283-291-283-300 for a runaway score of 1,157, 28 better than Rollins previous record. The two rounds of 283 also set new event records.
Florida Southern finished third and confirmed the Sunshine State Conference's dominance in the event. The Mocs (299-299-287-311) finished with 1,196 strokes. The three schools have combined to win each of the last 12 national titles.
Senior Joanna Coe finished her illustrious career with a fourth place finish, carding rounds of 76-71-70-74 to finish with a score of 291. The less than ideal conditions led to a double bogey on the first hole for Coe, but the veteran was not rattled and got back to even with birdies on two of the next four chances. She bogeyed No. 10 and 12, but got a stroke back with a birdie at 16. Coe, the individual national champion as a freshman, then bogeyed 17 and pared 18 to complete her last collegiate round with a two-over 74.
Fabia Rothenfluh tied for sixth place for the Tars with scores of 73-73-74-76 (296). She started strong on Saturday with a birdie on the first hole and hit the turn one under with eight straight pars. Winds picked up and increased the difficulty of the back nine as Rothenfluh carded five bogeys and no birdies.
Brianna Seo and Cecilia Kleinert each totaled 300 strokes and tied for 12th place. Seo, a senior, shot scores of 75-78-75-72 in the championship while Kleinert carded rounds of 69-78-72-81. Elin Marcsdottir tied for 38th place, shooting 316 (78-78-81-79).
NSU's Taylor Collins was the runaway medalist, posting a record score of 278 (68-69-66-75).