Nova Southeastern women win 4th D-II title in a row
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Nova Southeastern captured its fourth consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship title on May 19 as junior Abbey Gittings became the third consecutive Nova player to win the individual championship.
The Sharks finished at 82-over 1,234 at Persimmon Ridge Golf Course in Shelbyville, Ky., 20 shots ahead of runner-up Florida Southern. It was the first title under new head Amanda Brown, who took over the program when former coach Kevin Marsh resigned in August. The Sharks also lost four seniors at the end of last season. They played this year's national championship with just four players, three of whom finished inside the top 4 on the individual leaderboard.
“I could not be more proud of each girl on this team and I am very proud of Abbey winning individually,” head coach Amanda Brown said. “She’s had that goal since last year and she has been so determined in every practice and every tournament and I am just so proud that she was able to reach it.”
Gittings fought a back injury throughout the tournament, and shot a final-round 1-over 73 to overtake Meghan Moore of UNC-Pembroke in the final round. Gittings finished at 10-over 288, two ahead of Moore.
The Sharks become only the second team in the history of to win four straight Division II women’s golf national titles. Rollins accomplished the feat from 2003-06 (the 2006 title was won in a weather-shortened event). The Sharks are now tied with Florida Southern with four championships, trailing only Rollins, which has five. Nova, Florida Southern and Rollins are the only schools to have won a national championship since the NCAA began hosting the tournament in 2000.