Methodist University defended its title yet again at the NCAA Women’s Division III National Championship Friday, securing a 13th consecutive victory. The Monarchs are by far the most dominant team in Division III women’s golf history, as they now own 23 of the 25 national titles since the sport’s inception.
“We are all very excited,” Methodist junior Paige Caldwell said. “It’s nationals – words can’t even describe it. I had no clue where everyone stood, but I was focusing on my round and everyone came around the turn to finish the back nine strong.”
The Monarchs opened up a 14-shot lead in Round 1 with their 29-over 317 at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. While Wisconsin Eau Claire made a charge in Round 2, Methodist still maintained the top spot on the leaderboard by one shot before ending the tournament at 114-over 1,282, 19 shots ahead of Gustavus Adolphus. Wisconsin Eau Claire dropped to third at 139-over 1,307.
In the individual race, Wisconsin Stevens Point’s Jessica Urban won the title by one shot over Methodist’s Caldwell. Urban, who qualified for the national championship as an individual, was at 21-over 313. She was the runner-up at last year’s national championship.
Natalie Matuszak of St. Mary’s College (Ind.) and Methodist’s Alana Swain tied for third at 23-over 315.
– Information from Methodist University was used in this report.