Germantown, Tenn. - Lynn University's women's golf team moved up the ranks on day two of the NCAA Division II Super Region 2 tournament, grasping sole possession of fourth place and 10 shots back of third. In addition, Kristina Ortiz moved into a tie for fourth individually.
The top three teams, and top three individuals not associated with a top-three team, advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship.
INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Standing: T-5th out of 12 teams
Location: Germantown Country Club | Germantown, Tenn.
History at Event: Seventh consecutive NCAA appearance (1st appearance at Germantown CC)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Lynn shot 302 as a team, the second-lowest round round of the day, to move ahead of Florida Southern (616) and Lee (616). Barry (598) took over first place with Rollins (601) moving into second while Nova Southeastern dropped two positions to third (602). The Sharks are just 10 shots ahead of Lynn (612) for the final national championship team spot.
- Ortiz was steady throughout the day, logging two birdies, three bogeys and 13 pars for a one-over 73, which tied for the second-lowest individual round of the day. She is tied for fourth and third among qualifying individuals for a national championship berth.
- Matilda Wahren had her best score of the last two days, posting a two-over 74. She moved into a tie for 18th after knocking down a team-high four birdies to go along with six bogeys.
- Helen Kreuzer was third on the day with a five-over par 77 followed by Jenny Ayala and her six-over 78. The duo combined for three birdies but too many bogeys bogged them each down.
- Samantha Barber rounds out the Lynn contingent, shooting an 81 for the day.
BEYOND THE SCORECARD:
- Lynn is vying to return to the national championship for the first time since 2015, when the team finished third nationally.
- Should the Fighting Knights miss out, Ortiz can become the third Lynn women's golfer to qualify individually for the national championship. She would join Lis Whitehouse in 2005 and Natasha Morgan in 2004.
- Only Barry (24) has made more birdie putts than Lynn (18) while Rollins (+5) is the only school better in par 3 scoring vs. the Fighting Knights (+8).
- Wahren's six total birdies puts her into a tie for fourth in the field, just ahead of her teammate Helen Kreuzer (5).
Lynn is back on the links for the final round of the NCAA Division II Super Region 2 beginning at 8:30 a.m. from the No. 1 hole. The Fighting Knights will be grouped with Lee and Florida Southern. Fans can keep up with live scoring at LynnFightingKnights.com.