Rhodes College led from wire-to-wire to win the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship on Friday by 24 strokes over Mary Hardin-Baylor in Howey-in-the Hills.
The Lynx dominated on the El Campeon course at Mission Inn Resort and Club, clinching the title with the best round of the week, firing a 308 to sew up the championship with a four-round team score of 1,256.
Williams College was third, 29 shots behind Rhodes, the University of Texas-Tyler was fourth at 1,291 and Ithaca College and Methodist University tied for fifth place, 42 shots off the pace.
Two-time All American Georgiana Salant of Williams grabbed the individual title with a four-round total of 303 after firing a four-over 76. Her 15-over-par total for the tournament brought her in two strokes ahead of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s McKenzie Ralston, who struggled in Friday’s windy conditions with a five-over 77.
Rhodes won the title by featuring four golfers who finished in the top 15 among individuals.
Jessica Zweifel came in third, four strokes back of the lead, while Nikki Isaacson came in fourth, nine strokes back. Meg Healy finished tied for 10th, 15 strokes off the pace, while Sarrahanne Vaughan came in 13th for the tournament.
Rounding out the individual top 10, Doyle O’Brien of St. Thomas (Minn.) came in 11 strokes back in fifth, Sewanee’s Emily Javadi finished 12 strokes back in sixth and was the highest finisher to compete solely as an individual, Texas-Tyler’s Laura Lindsey and George Fox’s Sydney Maluenda tied for seventh at 13 strokes back and Loretta Giovannettone of Methodist came in ninth at 14 strokes back. Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Taylor O’Rear and Methodist’s Kelsie Carralero tied Healy for 10th.
Also on Friday, it was announced the championship will return to Mission Inn in 2015.