NCAA Women's Golf Championship ACCtion: Friday, May 25

May 25, 2012

UVa Women Golfers Repeat Fourth-Place Finish at NCAA Championships

Franklin, Tenn. - For the second consecutive season the 27th-ranked Virginia women's golf team finished fourth at the NCAA Championships. The Cavaliers shot 4-over 292 during Friday's final round for a 72-hole total of 23-over 1175.

Alabama claimed its first title, holding off USC by one shot. The Crimson Tide finished at 19-over 1171 while the Women of Troy were second at 1172. LSU was third at 1173.

Oklahoma's Chirapat Jao-Javanil took medalist honors at 6-under 282. She placed four shots ahead of Alabama's Brooke Pancake.

The Cavaliers were the first team since the 2007 championship to post a top-10 finish after entering the tournament ranked outside of the top 25. Virginia's 72-hole score of 1175 was nine shots better than its previous best NCAA finish. This year's appearance marked the sixth time in the program's nine-year history the Cavaliers have advanced to the NCAA Championships.

For a team that dropped out of the top-25 early in the spring, it was an amazing comeback story.

Carolina Golfers Finishes 10th At NCAA Championships

FRANKLIN, TENN. - The No. 6 ranked University of North Carolina women's golf team finished in 10th place at the NCAA Championships played at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. The Tar Heels carded an 11-over-par 299 in the final round for a 32-over 1184 total. Carolina was led on Friday by Katherine Perry who fired a 1-over-par 73.

Sophomore Perry tied for eighth place in the individual race with a 3-over 291 total, nine strokes behind the champion. Perry, from Cary, N.C., played her last six holes in 2-under-parp. Seniors Catherine O'Donnell and Allie White both carded a 4-over 76 on Friday. O'Donnell, from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. finished with a 12-over 300 total to tie for 59th while White, from Lancaster, Ohio, finished at 15-over 303 and tied for 71st. Sophomore Casey Grice and junior Courtney Gunter both fired a 3-over 75 in the final round. Grice, from College Station, Texas, finished at 13-over 301 to tie for 63rd place while Gunter, from Matthews, N.C., tied for 84th at 17-over 305.

Alabama, which led throughout the event, captured the team title with a slim one-stroke victory of Southern California. The Crimson Tide fired a 6-over 294 in the final round for a 19-over 1171 total while the Trojans carded a 5-over 293 for a 20-over 1172 total. LSU finished in third place at 21-over 1173 while Virginia finished fourth at 1175 and South Carolina fifth at 1176. Oklahoma and Arizona State tied for sixth place with 1179 totals while UCLA finished eighth at 1181, Purdue ninth at 1182 and Carolina 10th with an 1184 total.

Marchand Finishes Sixth; Wolfpack 13th at NCAA Championship

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - NC State's Brittany Marchand finished sixth overall at the 2012 NCAA Women's Golf Championship, Friday, to propel the Wolfpack to a tie for 13th in its first-ever national championship appearance.

"I'm very proud of our fight," said NC State head coach Page Marsh. "Our team has handled adversity well all season long, and I've never seen them give up in the slightest. Instead, they worked harder and harder to meet their goals, even when it didn't happen right away."

Marchand fired a final round 73 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club to climb two spots into a tie for sixth. Her 2-over 290 total fell eight shots shy of medalist Chirapat Jao-Javanil from Oklahoma.

"Brittany's played so steadily for us, but this week was a superb performance," said Marsh. "I think she also felt like she left a few strokes out there, and that speaks very highly of her upside over the next two years."

The Wolfpack saved its best round of the tournament for last, piecing together a 5-over par 293 to finish in a tie for 13th. State fared one shot better than Duke for the tournament, and scored wins over Baylor, Texas A&M, Colorado, Tennessee, Michigan State, Pepperdine, Ohio State, Arkansas, and Stanford. All 10 teams that the Pack defeated were ranked in the top 40 at season's end.

Duncan Closes Strong; Finishes T-6th at Nationals

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - After dealing with an illness combined with not being able to get many putts to drop, Duke University standout Lindy Duncan came alive down the stretch with four birdies over her final five holes to finish tied for sixth overall at the 2012 NCAA Championship, which was played at the 6,377-yard, par 72 Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Tenn.

"It is unbelievable," commented Duncan on her finish. "I don't know where those birdies came from. It was kind of a grind all week. I kept fighting. That is what you have to do in this game."

Duncan, who is the No. 1 golfer in the nation, got her putter going late to finish with a two-under-par, 70, on Friday in the final round and a 72-hole total of 290 with rounds of 70, 75, 75 and 70. Her tied for sixth place finish gave her 10 placements in 2011-12 in the top eight and 13 straight top 10 finishes dating back to her sophomore campaign.

"It seems like no matter how bad things are for her, she gets in the top 10," said Duke head coach Dan Brooks. "She did that down in Florida this spring and things were not going well for her. She was sick in this tournament and she figures out a way to get in the top 10. She has learned to be very patient. Golf was not easy for her this week."

Over her last two NCAA Championships, Duncan has collected a tied for eighth and tied for sixth finish. She closed the books on a junior campaign where she won four tournaments, had 10 top 10 finishes, 21 rounds of even or under par and a 71.07 stroke average. Her 71.07 stroke average is the second-best in school history.

Salinas Plays Her Best In Finals Of NCAA Championship

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (seminoles.com) - Florida State senior Maria Salinas carded a 2 under par 70 in the final round of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship and finished in a tie for 102nd place in the individual standings as play in the event on the Legend's Course at Vanderbilt University came to an end. Salinas birdied three of her final five holes as she played her best round of the tournament and closed her Florida State career on a very high note.

Salinas (Lima, Peru) finished with her first sub-par round of the tournament after carding scores of 80-80-79 in the first three rounds. She carded a personal tournament best five birdies and a personal tournament low three bogeys in finishing below par. Salinas was two under par with two birdies on her first nine and was even par on her second nine to finish with her two under par score of 70. She was 3 under par over her first nine and three under par over the course of her final five holes. Salinas closed the round with a birdie on the final hole of her collegiate career.

Salinas finished with a four round score of 309 and moved up 19 spots in the individual standings with her score of 70 in the final round. She was of 12 players in the field of 126 that finished with a score of 70 or better in the final round. Salinas's score of 70 was tied for the fifth best score of the final round.