GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (May 9, 2018) – The Rollins women's golf team earned its record 16th bid to the NCAA Division II National Championship with a runner-up finish at the Super Regional on Wednesday.
The 10th-ranked Tars spent some time atop the leaderboard early in the day, but had to hold off top-ranked Nova Southeastern and eighth-ranked Florida Southern down the stretch to solidify its spot in the next round of postseason play.
Defending national champion Barry picked up the regional championship with a 37-over par 901, turning in scores of 297-301-303. The Tars were eight shots back at 45-over (303-298-308) while top-ranked Nova Southeastern finished one-shot behind Rollins at 46-over with rounds of 296-306-308.
The Buccaneers, Tars and Sharks will represent the South Super Region at the National Championship.
Florida Southern posted Wednesday's best score with a 298 and missed a spot in the national championship by four strokes (914, +50) while Lynn was six shots off the pace (916, +52).
Madison Lellyo had the best performance of her senior season and led the Tars with a fifth-place finish. The Orlando native came into the day seventh after scores of 77 and 72 the first two days and finished with a three-over 75, jumping two spots on the leaderboard and closing with an eight-over 224. She was solid on the front with one birdie, one bogey and seven pars. One of the most experienced postseason tournament players in the field, Lellyo got back to red numbers with a birdie on No. 12, but bogeyed four of the next five holes and made a slight slide before posting a first top-five finish of the season.
Seher Atwal shot a final round 78 and was two back of Lellyo in a tie for sixth with a 10-over score of 226 (74-74-78). The sophomore was two over after just two bogeys on the front-nine before taking a double bogey on No. 14. She then went par-bogey-bogey-par down the stretch to finish six-over for the day.
Lexie Toth gave Rollins a trio in the top-10, finishing tied for 10th with an 11-over score of 227. The senior turned in scores of 75-74 the first two rounds and was seventh heading into the last day. She was one-over at the turn with a bogey on No. 10 the only blemish on her score card. The Dublin, Ohio native then ran into a rough stretch in the middle of the back, taking a bogey and two double bogeys on consecutive holes before finishing with four-straight pars.
Selin Timur had a solid final day with a five-over 77 and finished tied for 23rd with a 16-over score of 232 for the tournament (77-78-77). On Wednesday she used two birdies over the final three holes of the front to hit the turn at even par. After a bogey on No. 11, she posted a birdie-two on the No. 12 to get back to even. The sophomore played the next four holes at five-over and finished with two pars.
Lara van Staden tied for 54th after shooting scores of 79-83-81, posting a 27-over 243. The freshman was five-over after the first nine holes and posted a birdie on No. 11 to highlight her day.
Led by Lellyo's three-stroke average, the Tars mastered the course's par-3's, leading the field with a +9 average.
Christian Brothers University served as host at Germantown Country Club in Germantown, Tennessee.
Barry's Tilda Larsson ran away with medalist honors, posting a seven-under score of 209 (68-72-69).
Rollins will next play in the NCAA Division II National Championship May 16-19 at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston. The Tars are making a record 16th overall and fifth-straight National Championship appearance. The NCAA first staged the national tournament in 2000 with the Tars missing the event just three times in its history.