May 3, 2011
Women's Golf Finishes Fifth At NCAA Regionals; Kim Qualifies For Nationals As Individual
Senior Rita Kim Qualified For The NCAA National Championships As An Individual
The Belmont Abbey women's golf team finished fifth at the NCAA Super Region II, and senior Rita Kim qualified for the National Championships as an individual after three sparkling rounds at the par 72 Club of Eaglebrook in Lakeland, Florida.
The Crusaders were eighth after the first round and sixth entering today, and they shot their best round of the tournament in today's final round, posting a 299. Nova Southeastern, Rollins and Florida Southern all earn spots in the National Championships by placing in the top three.
Kim finished tied for sixth with rounds of 77, 70 and 74 as she qualifies for the National Championships as an individual. The top three individual scores from players on teams not qualifying for the Nationals earn spots as individuals. She is the second-straight Abbey player to earn an individual invitation, as Carley Warrington won an individual slot last year.
Sophomore Melissa Siviter gradually scored better in the three days, opening with a 78, followed that with a 76 and posted a 74 today. She finished one stroke out of the third and final spot for an invitation to the National Championships. She would have forced a playoff for the final spot if she had carded a 73. She finished in a tie for 15th.
Senior Michelle Low ended up in a tie for 29th with scores of 84, 78 and 74. Meagan Wallace opened with a 79, carded a second round 81 and rallied with a 77 today as she finished in a tie for 32nd. Ashton Ingram finished alone in 49th with rounds of 96, 86 and 79.
Kim will represent the Abbey beginning Wednesday, May 10 when she and coach Joey Denton will travel to Allendale, Michigan to play at The Meadows Golf Club in a 72-hole event.