PIRATES FINISH NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN FIFTH
HOWEY-in-the-HILLS, Fla. - For the fifth time the Southwestern University Pirate golf team ended the National Championships as one of the top five teams in the nation, this year placing fifth at 178 over par.
Senior Kristen Davenport matched her second round effort, shooting an 81 the final day to end tied for 12th place with Gustavus Adolphus' Taylor Drenttel at 324 strokes and 32 over par.
First-year Kelsey Coburn was on fire on her final day of action, shooting the lowest round of the day for Southwestern and second lowest for the tournament, with a 77. The great final round moved Coburn into a tie for 18th place with Gretchen McLean of Methodist at 35 over par and 327 strokes.
Fellow first-year Stephanie Scholer has played some of her best golf of the season at the Championships and continued that run the final day ending at 10 over par 83 to come in 46th place over all.
Senior Cody Wallace closed out her final tournament as a Pirate well at 14 over par. Her 351 strokes for the tournament landed her in a tie for 59th place. First-year Erin Perry closed out the tournament in a tie for 93rd place with 375 strokes.
Southwestern was the highest SCAC finisher of the NCAA tournament with DePauw coming in 6th and Centre coming in 10th. Methodist was once again at the top of pack capturing first place at 114 over par, 19 strokes ahead of second place finisher Gustavus Adolphus.
The NCAA Championships marks the end of very successful careers for Davenport and Wallace but with the other three golfers still having three more years of eligibility it bodes well for the future success of Head Coach Dan Ruyle and his women's golf program.