2005: College - Rollins romps in D-II hat trick
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
For the first time in three seasons, a Rollins College player didn’t capture the individual title at the NCAA Division II Women’s Championship.
But the Tars’ dominance as a team is as resounding as ever.
Even with 2003-04 individual champion Charlotte Campbell finishing fourth, Rollins rolled to its third consecutive national title by 35 strokes May 14 at the University of New Mexico Championship Course, shooting rounds of 300-288-293-304 for a record total of 17-over-par 1,185.
Grand Valley State finished second at 1,220, and Florida Southern was third at 1,243.
“This was absolutely a great team effort,” said Rollins coach Julie Garner, who had five players finish in the top eight. “To break our scoring record on a par-73 course is a true testament to the depth of our team.”
In the individual competition, Grand Valley State’s Melissa Snellar (final-round 73) birdied the final hole to edge Florida Southern’s Pamela Feggans (74) by a shot with a record-setting total of even-par 292.
It was the third consecutive top-3 finish at the finals for Feggans, who finished second in 2003 and third last year.
Rollins junior Mariana De Biase (78) finished third at 4-over 296 after leading the event after 54 holes for the second consecutive year.
Campbell (75), also a junior, tied for fourth at 6-over 298 with senior teammate Ulrika Ljungman (77), and sophomore Marie-Pierre Bernier and freshman Vanessa Vela tied for seventh in their first national championship. For the second consecutive tournament, no Rollins player carded a round above 78.
“We lost 40 percent of our top five from last year’s championship team, but our two new players stepped up and played great,” said Garner, whose team went unbeaten against Division II foes this season. “I’ve had more fun coaching these players than possibly any other team I’ve had.”