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(Kent State) Women’s Golf Wraps Up Season with 16th Place Finish at NCAA East Regional
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. –
The Kent State women's golf team concluded its 2012 campaign Saturday with the team's 16th place finish at the NCAA East Regional, hosted by Penn State University at the Blue Course.
The Golden Flashes combined for a team score of 301 on Saturday, but it was not enough to move into the top eight teams in the 24-team field. Kent State finished one stroke out of a tie for 14th place, five strokes from 12th and missed the cut by 19 strokes.
Saturday's conditions were the best of the weekend for Kent State, as the Golden Flashes teed off at noon with near cloudless skies and little wind.
Senior Mercedes Germino (Necochea, Argentina) was the team's top finisher on Saturday, shooting a one-under 71 thanks to two birdies to just one bogey on the day. Germino concluded the event with a four-over 220, finishing in a tie for 14th place and two strokes out of qualifying individually for the NCAA Championship.
Fellow senior Mandi Morrow (Kent, Ohio) shot a five-over 77 on Saturday to finish second on the team and tied for 51st place with a 10-over 226. Morrow was able to birdie the par 5 No. 5 as well as chip in from a bunker on No. 14 to aid her cause.
Freshman Jennifer Ha (Calgary, Alberta) posted a four-over 76 in the final round, bolstered by a trio of birdies. Ha tied for 65th overall with a 12-over 228.
Senior Shamira Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio) tallied a five-over 77 on Saturday to finish tied for 93rd place, while sophomore Erin Hawe (Walton, New Zealand) wrapped up the team's effort with a six-over 78.
South Carolina won the East Regional by five strokes, while Texas A&M's Katerina Ruzikova was the medalist thanks to a three-under 213.
Germino Paces Golden Flashes in Day Two at Regionals
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. –
The Kent State women's golf team benefitted from a solid round from senior Mercedes Germino on Friday, as her one-over 73 helped the Golden Flashes move up the leaderboard on day two of the 2012 NCAA Women's Golf East Regional, hosted by Penn State at the PSU Blue Course.
Kent State carded a team score of 301 on Friday, inching up the leaderboard. Kent State is currently in a three-way tie for 13th place with Oklahoma State and Augusta State with matching 607 scores through two days. The Golden Flashes are eight strokes from the cut line; the top eight teams from three regionals advance to the NCAA Championship.
Germino (Necochea, Argentina) utilized a pair of birdies to aid in her effort, including a key birdie on the par 4 no. 7. It was part of a two-under string through six holes mid-round, helping her score as the wind began to pick up on Friday.
Senior Mandi Morrow (Kent, Ohio) shot a three-over 75, with birdies on No. 5 and No. 13 to bolster her score. Morrow is tied with Germino with a two-day total of two-over 149, which is good for 31st place in the 125-golfer field.
Freshman Jennifer Ha (Calgary, Alberta) matched Morrow's three-over 75 on Friday, as two birdies on the front nine – both on the par fives – helped her post a one-over 37 to start the day. Ha finished strong with five straight pars and is tied for 55th place.
No. 7 was giving to fellow senior Shamira Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio), as she holed out from 135 yards for an eagle on the par-4 hole. From there, the senior notched eight straight pars on her way to a six-over 78.
Sophomore Erin Hawe (Walton, New Zealand) rounded out the team's performance on Friday with a 12-over 84.
Kent State will tee off from the No. 1 tee with Oklahoma State and Augusta State at 12 p.m. in the second wave of the day.
Women’s Golf 17th After Day One at NCAA Regional
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. –
Playing in a plethora of weather conditions, from driving rain to blustery wind to brilliant sun, the Kent State women's golf team posted a team score of 18-over 306 to stand in 17th place at the 2012 NCAA Women's Golf East Regional, hosted by Penn State University at the Blue Course.
Kent State was paced by senior Mandi Morrow (Kent, Ohio), who shot a two-over 74 with one birdie to three bogeys to sit in a tie for 24th place. Morrow tallied her birdie on the par-4 no. 6 as she was even-par on the course's front nine, Kent State's final nine holes.
Fellow senior Mercedes Germino (Necochea, Argentina) was second-best for Kent State, posting a four-over 76. Her putt on her final hole, the par-5 no. 9, was good for her lone birdie of the round.
Freshman Jennifer Ha (Calgary, Alberta) tallied a birdie on the par-5 no. 18 on Thursday on her way to a five-over 77. She is tied for 59th overall.
After struggling early, sophomore Erin Hawe (Walton, New Zealand) shot even par for her final 11 holes to finish with a seven-over 79, ranking in a tie for 89th place.
Senior Shamira Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio) rounded out Kent State's effort with an eight-over 80.
The top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championship in two weeks; Kent State is seven strokes out from the team cut line.
South Carolina leads the way after shooting an even-par 288 in the morning round to lead second-place Alabama by four strokes. Texas A&M's Katerina Ruzickova is the individual leader after the first round thanks to a five-under 67 to lead by one stroke.
Kent State will begin Friday's second round at 7:30 a.m. off the first tee and will again be paired with Maryland and San Diego State.