Colo. Mesa women’s golf team finishes 11th at national tourney

It wasn’t the best tournament, but it was memorable.

Colorado Mesa University finished 11th in the NCAA Division II women’s golf national championship at Persimmon Ridge Golf Course in Louisville, Ky.

“It was a tough golf course,” CMU coach Scott Hansen said. “It was one you couldn’t miss shots. Usually you play a course, and you can get away with a missed shot. This had a tough rough. If you missed fairways, you missed greens, and it was tough putting. We played well for a lot of the rounds but couldn’t avoid big numbers. Everyone had at least triple bogeys. They did a good job to battle through it.”

It was the first time the Mesa program qualified as a team for nationals in its history.

The Mavericks improved their score each round and shot their tournament low, 359 strokes, on Saturday. They scored a four-round total 1,391.

Colorado Mesa senior Jessica Berve tied for 49th with 335, junior Michelle Stripp was 56th with 343, and senior Jennifer Hilts was 58th with 347. Mavericks senior Afton Balling shot 371 and freshman Alisa Lindsay shot 374.

“It was a good experience for them,” Hansen said. “It was our goal when Jen, Jess and Afton were freshmen to make it to nationals. Being a festival year, it has a nice feel. It’s well done. They feel like they’re at a special event.”

Nova Southeastern (Fla.) University won its fourth consecutive national title, topping Florida Southern College by 20 strokes, 1,234 to 1,254.

Nova Southeastern was led by individual champion Abbey Gittings with 298. She won by two strokes over Meghan Moore of North Carolina-Pembroke.


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