Starting off the week for the Sonoma State University women’s golf team were Alexis Hayes and Sarah Rotter as they both shot one-under par 71 to start the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Women’s Golf West Super Regional on Monday, May fourth.
This three-day event was hosted by the Seawolves at Foxtail Golf Course in Rohnert Park.
As the first day of Regionals came to a n end, the Seawolves set a personal best team score of 294. With their record breaking team score, the Seawolves were able to hold a first place tie with the Academy of Art at six over par heading into Tuesday’s second round.
Upon entering the tournament on Monday the Sonoma State Seawolves were ranked as the No. 8 seed, while Academy of Art sat as the No. 9 seed.
Other team scores were Midwestern State with a score of 300 – 12 over par, St. Edward’s University and West Texas A&M each tied for fourth with a score of 300 – 15 over par. That left California Baptist, Tarleton State and Newman to all tie for sixth place with a score of 307 – 19 over par and the No. 1 seed Dallas Baptist to fall into ninth place with a score of 310 – 22 over par.
The top individual scores on Monday were Crystal Wang from Academy of Art and Brenna Moore from Midwestern State each carding a three-under 69. St. Mary’s Allison Howarth (71), and Sonoma State’s Alexis Hayes (71) and Sarah Rotter (71) were tied for third place at one-under par.
Fellow Seawolf Haley Whitebeck tied for 12th with nine other competitors after shooting 75 (+3). Hannah Gregg would also tie for 25th with a score of 77 (+5), and Erin Marten held the 48th spot with a score of 86 (+14).
Tuesday morning’s tee time at Foxtail began at 8:30a.m.. With the great start on Monday, it seemed the Seawolves had no thoughts of letting first place slip from their grasp as Sarah Rotter carded a 73 to tie for first place with Crystal Wang (75) from Academy of Art atop the individual leaderboard at even par 144.
Rotter’s good play helped place the Seawolves on top of the team leaderboard by two strokes heading into the final round on Wednesday.
Upon entering into Tuesday’s round, Alexis Hayes would shoot a 78 leaving her to tie for 12th place with a score of 149 (+5). Hannah Gregg would hold onto 15th place after Tuesday’s round with a score of 150 (+6), moving up ten spots with a round of 73.
Leina Kim of Colorado State-Pueblo carded the score of the day with a 68 and shared third place with Isabel Jimenez-Parea from Tarleton State at 145 (+1) for two days.
The SSU women’s golf team collectively shot score of 300 on Tuesday for the overall team lead with a total score of 594 (+18), two shots ahead of St. Edward’s with a score of 596 (+20) and Tarleton State in third place at 598 (+22) trailed by four shots.
Following suit were California Baptist in fourth with a score of 602, West Texas A&M at fifth as they shot 605, Academy of Art at 606 for sixth, Midwestern State placed seventh with 610, Newman finished eighth with 611 and Dallas Baptist was ninth with a score of 613.
In the final round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf West Super Regionals, the Sonoma State Seawolves fell from their first place position to third place in the team competition. While it may sound like a defeat, it still means that the Sonoma State Women’s Golf team has qualified for the 2015 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships.
Sonoma State would card a team score of 308 (+38), ending their time at Regionals nine strokes behind the winner, Tarleton State’s 295 for the day and a team score of 893 (+29). Placing second was St. Edward’s with an 898 (+34).
Behind Tarleton State, St. Edward’s and Sonoma State were California Baptist and West Texas A&M, who tied for fourth place with a score of 908 (+4). In sixth place was Newman with their total of 915 (+51). Tied for seventh place was Midwestern State and Academy of Art carding in with 917 (+53). Lastly was Dallas Baptist with a final score of 918 (+54).
“We’ve done a great job of rallying this season and we are peaking at the right time. This is what we have all been waiting for this entire year, so it’s great to have the opportunity to represent at NCAA Finals,” said Hannah Gregg. “I think the team did a great job of executing under pressure. Coming in as the eighth seed and finishing in third is definitely a solid tourney for us.”
Sarah Rotter placed 10th in individuals with her scores of 71, 73 and 79 to total at 223 (+7). Midwestern State’s Brenna Moore and Academy of Art’s Crystal Wang were both medalist honors with a score of 220 (+4) for the tournament.
Leina Kim defeated Dallas Baptist’s Sydney Williams in a one-hole playoff to determine the third and final individual to advance to Nationals. Also attending Nationals as an individual will be Moore and Wang.
Sophomore Hannah Gregg, who shot 77-73-75 totaling to 225 (+9), would go on to tie for 15th place. Alexis Hayes with a score of 71-78-80–229 (+13) would end up tied for 26th. While Haley Whitbeck, the Seawolves top player of the day, finished in 30th place with a score of 231 (+15). Following suit would be Erin Martens who shot 86-76-86 bringing her total to 248 (+32) as she tied for 47th.
“We all felt the fatigue after 54 holes in a row, so I think preparation and hydration are high on the list as we go into Nationals,” said Gregg, after the West Regionals.
Sonoma State has only been to Nationals once in program history when they came in third place at the 2010 Regional at Tascosa Country Club in Amarillo, Texas.
“I’m very happy with the outcome, I mean all the hard work on and off the golf course and in the weight room has paid off,” said Head Coach Val Verhunce.
The 2015 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships will consist of 72 total participants. The event will be held on May 13-16 at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Michigan.