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Rollins Finishes Eighth at NCAA National Championship

Seher Atwal
Seher Atwal

HOUSTON, Texas (May 19, 2018) – Rollins turned in a final round 317 and finished the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championship in eighth place.

The eighth-ranked Tars posted a tournament score of 75-over par with rounds of 302-312-286-317 (1227).

"It was a tough day for us from the beginning," said Rollins Director of Golf/Head Coach Julie Garner. "We just couldn't seem to get anything going early, then as the wind picked up it made the course play tougher. We made too many big numbers and not enough birdies to offset." 

Indianapolis ran away with the team championship, winning its second national title. The Greyhounds are the only team outside of the Sunshine State Conference to win the tournament, also hoisting the trophy in 2015. Rollins (6), Florida Southern (4), Nova Southeastern (4), Lynn (2) and Barry (1) own the other 17 NCAA Division II national championships.  

UIndy posted a five-over score of 1157, shooting scores of 286-287-294-290 to beat runner-up Cal Baptist by 38 strokes (+43). Dallas Baptist was third with 44-over 1196.

"Much respect to UIndy for a dominating win," commented Garner. "Watching them play the first two days, it is no surprise that they are NCAA Champions."

Seher Atwal gave the Tars a top-10 individual finish, tying for seventh in the field of 72. The sophomore was seven-over for the event, carding scores of 72-73-71 the first three round and closing with a seven-over 79. Entering the day just two shots off the lead and starting on the back, she stumbled out of the gate and was six-over at the turn. The Dehli, India native took a bogey on No. 2, but got the stroke back with a birdie on No. 5. She then closed with a bogey and three-straight pars. For the tournament, Atwal racked up the 13th-most birdies (10) in the field and averaged 4.88 strokes on the par-five's (-2).

"I know Seher is disappointed that she could not mount a charge today, but we are proud of her tie for seventh," added Garner "And our seniors leave the program having competed in four NCAA Championships, with a win in 2016. They both have exciting, productive careers ahead of them, having earned degrees that have made them global citizens and responsible leaders."

Lexie Toth moved up one spot to a tie for 25th, closing an illustrious collegiate career. The senior was 15-over for the tournament, shooting scores of 74-80-72 and a final round 77. A picture of consistency once again, the Dublin, Ohio native totaled six pars to just three bogeys on the first nine and was three-over at the turn. She stayed on that number until a bogey-par-bogey stretch in the middle of the second nine put her at five-over. Over the course of the event, Toth dominated the par-three's, averaging 3.06 strokes (+1) per, the sixth-best mark in the field. 

Madison Lellyo tied for 53rd to finish off her banner college career, closing the championship at 28-over with scores of 76-81-76-83. She was four-over after the first four holes, but got on track with a birdie on No. 15. The Orlando native dropped three strokes on the next two hole with a bogey and double bogey to hit the turn at six-over. She then slid a few more spots on the back, playing the final nine at five-over.

Selin Timur matched Lellyo in a tie for 53rd, also at 28-over for the tournament. The sophomore turned in scores of 82-78-77 and 79 for the weekend. She played the first nine (back) at four over and finished strong with a three-over final nine holes.

Lara van Staden moved up a spot on the last day and finished alone in 59th. The freshman was 32-over for the tournament with rounds of 80-81-77-82. She was five-over on both the front and back nine's on Saturday. 

Katharina Keilich of UIndy put a cap on a dominate Greyhounds performance with individual medalist honors, finishing one-under with scores of 71-71-73-73.

Garner closed by saying "Our returning and incoming players will work to compete this summer and be ready for a great 2018-19 season!"