Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – It came down to one mere stroke but Lynn University's women's golf team finished ninth after 54-holes at the NCAA Division II National Championship to miss out on the championship match play. The Fighting Knights posted a 945 total, one shot behind Findlay, in the quest to win their first national title since 2014.
INSIDE THE TOURNAMENT:
Standing: 9th out of 16 teams
Location: PGA National – Champions Course| Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
History at Event: Fifth NCAA National Championship Appearance (Won 2013 & 104)
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Scores where the highest of the tournament in blustery winds with the Blue & White shooting 323 as a team en route to their 945 total. A playoff was nearly forced between Lynn and Findlay as the Oilers shot four-over par on the final hole but the Fighting Knights were still one stroke shy.
- Florida Tech had the best day on the course and ended with the top-seed at 923. Cal State San Marcos (927) is second followed by Indianapolis (931), Barry (938), Southwest Oklahoma State (938), Limestone (939), Dallas Baptist (940) and Findlay (944).
- Ortiz shot the third-lowest score of the day with her 75. The senior out of Puerto Rico was just one-over par before the turn and birdied her next two but a tough stretch in the Bear Trap dropped her to three over before a huge birdie on No. 18 kept Lynn alive. She ended the tournament tied for 12th.
- Matilda Wahren posted a seven-over 80 with two birdies, five bogeys and two double bogeys.
- Gutierrez started the day with a birdie but went on to shot bogey or worse on the next five holes. She was just three-over on the back nine for a 239 three-day total.
- Helen Kreuzer and Amber Svendsen shot rounds of 83 and 87 to end the tournament with 240 and 254 totals.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Kreuzer was honored as a Women's Golf Coaches Association First Team All-American in an evening ceremony. This is the first, First Team All-America honor for the program since Jessica Bradley in 2015.
- Ortiz ends her career with 15 top-10 finishes, ninth-most in program history.
- This is the first tournament Lynn has finished outside the top-five all season.
- Lynn was making its first NCAA National Championship appearance since 2015 when it finished third.
- Only Indianapolis was better on par four holes than Lynn (+55).
- The Fighting Knights were fifth in total pars with 144.
- Cal State San Marcos' Jaime Jacob won the individual national championship with an even par 219.
- Only one team shot better than 22-over par on the day (Florida Tech - +13).
Lynn returns three starters and six letterwinners for the 2019-20 season, including All-American Helen Kreuzer and All-Region honoree Matilda Wahren. For more information about the team check out LynnFightingKnights.com.