- Published: 10 May 2017 10 May 2017
WICHITA FALLS, Tex. – Simon Fraser's Jaya Rampuri missed earning a trip to the national championships by a single stroke, and both her and Emily Leung finished inside the top 20 at the NCAA Division II West Super Regional on Wednesday at the Wichita Falls Country Club.
Simon Fraser, appearing in the NCAA post-season for the first time ever after winning back-to-back Great Northwest Athletic Conference titles in 2016 and 2017, finished in ninth place as a team.
Coquitlam's Rampuri missed earning an invitation to the national championships by one stroke. The top three individuals not on one of the national qualifying teams go to nationals. Rampuri finished the three rounds of the 54-hole tournament on the 6149-yard par-72 golf course with a 227 total. The three individuals who qualified for nationals had total scores of 223, 224 and 226.
Regina Gonzalez of St. Mary's claimed top individual medalist honours firing rounds of 76, 72 and 74 for a 6-over total of 222 to win by one stroke over Tarleton State's Casey Wild and Dallas Baptist's Ann Parmerter.
The three advancing individuals are runner-up Wild (223), 4th place finisher Linnea Karlssen of Cal State, Monterey Bay (224) and 10th place finisher Abigail Rigsby of Oklahoma Christian (226). Rigsby advanced after winning the tiebreaker over Mary Weinstein (Regis) on the Par-4, 356-yard 18th Hole. Rigsby parred the hole while Weinstein bogeyed.
Rampuri and Leung were inside the top 10 going into the final holes, but had a series of three holes that knocked them out of contention for the three individual qualifying spots for the national tournament.
Leung and Rampuri were tied for seventh place with just three holes to go each. Rampuri was 1-under-par on the day at that point, starting on hole 10. A double bogey on the seventh hole, however, dropped the freshman outside of the top 10. She finished the day at 2-over-par 74 for an overall score of 11-over-par 227 to tie for 12th place. Rampuri shot rounds of 80, 73 and 74.
Richmond's Leung finished the day with three consecutive bogeys to drop down to a tie for 16th place with an overall score of 12-over-par 228. Leung shot rounds of 75, 76 and 77.
Belinda Lin finished third for the Clan with an overall score of 27-over-par 243 after equaling her first-round score of 80 on Wednesday to move up four spots on the leaderboard. Erin Farner also shot an 8-over-par 80 on the final day to score a 31-over-par 247 for the whole tournament. Kylie Jack went 17 over par on the final day to finish at 41-over-par 257.
Simon Fraser was making its first NCAA postseason appearance in program history as the No. 12 seed. Simon Fraser finished in ninth place as a team with an overall score of 80-over-par 944, scoring their best round on the final day at 23-over-par 311. Simon Fraser had rounds of 318, 315 and 311.
Super Region champ West Texas A&M, which won the tournament with rounds of 297, 294 and 306 for a 33-over-par 897, Dallas Baptist (899) and St. Mary's (912) move on to the NCAA Division II Championship set for May 22-26 at the Findlay (Ohio) Country Club.
-- with files from GNAC