Horizon League’s first NCAA bid goes to Detroit

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The University of Detroit won the Horizon League’s first automatic bid to the NCAA women’s regionals with a nine-shot victory over Youngstown State on April 25.

It also marks Detroit’s first qualification for NCAA regionals.

The Titans built a 10-shot lead over Butler after Round 1, shooting a school-record 12-over 300 at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington, Ky.

Detroit struggled in Round 2, shooting 324 amid torrential rain and a couple of play stoppages. The Titans came back strong Sunday afternoon with a 319, tying for the day’s best round.

Detroit, 209th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished at 943. Youngstown State (326-952) finished second, and Butler (334-957) was third.

The Titans were led by juniors Alainna Stefan and Marni Achterhoff, who finished first and second, respectively, in the individual race.

Stefan, of Dearborn, Mich., shot rounds of 73-77-76 to finish at 10-over 226, three better than Achterhoff (72-81-76), of Muskegon, Mich.

Youngstown State’s Samantha Formek (73-77-80) finished third, another shot back.

Detroit head coach Terri Anthony-Ryan was named the Horizon League Coach of the Year.

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