Flashes Close Out Play At NCAA Championship On High Note

Updated 5/22/2010
Story Courtesy of Kent State Media Relations

WILMINGTON, N.C. - Kent State wrapped up the 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championship with a three-over par 291 - the lowest round ever among the Flashes' four NCAA Championship appearances and a mark bested by just six other schools Friday ­- en route finishing in 22nd place at +48 (1,200).

Seventh-ranked Purdue claimed their first national title at one-over par (1,153), edging No. 3 USC by a single stroke. No. 6 Alabama was third at +5 (1,157) on the par 72, 6,368-yard Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall. Kent State meanwhile, was just a shot out of finishing in a three-way tie for 19th.

Sophomore Mandi Morrow (Kent, Ohio) turned in the round of the day for the Golden Flashes, posting a one-under 71, as she improved on her score for the third consecutive day. Her performance included three birdies and a 35 on the front nine (Kent State had started on 10) as she became just the second Kent State player to shoot under par in an NCAA Championship (Veronique Drouin carded a 70 in the third round in 2001).

Morrow's performance was backed up once again by junior Martina Gavier (Cordoba, Argentina) and sophomore Mercedes Germino (Necochea, Argentina), who turned in even-par 72s for the second consecutive day. Gavier was two-under over her first nine holes, while Germino was one-under. Germino led the Flashes by tying for 27th overall after coming in at 293 (+5) at the conclusion of the 72-hole event.

Alabama (with three players) was the only other squad in the field to boast multiple players who recorded rounds of par or better over the final two days.

Sophomore Shamira Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio) added a 76 (+4), while junior Sarah Bradley (Cambridge, New Zealand) posted a 77 (+5). Marshall's round included an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole when she holed out her third shot from the fairway.

"We had all five players play pretty well today - not bad for the last round of the NCAA Championship," head coach Mike Morrow said. "The experience of the whole week will make us a better team and better players. What we've done over the last two days tells us that we can be a pretty good team when we get things going."

Oklahoma State's Caroline Hedwall claimed medalist honors at minus-12 (276) after firing her second consecutive 68. Arizona State's Jennifer Johnson saw her three-stroke lead disappear after a final round 73 en route to finishing second at eight-under (280).

Kent State Individual Scores
T27. Mercedes Germino 76-73-72-72=293
T82. Martina Gavier 80-79-72-72=303
T94. Shamira Marshall 75-79-75-76=305
T104. Sarah Bradley 76-74-81-77=308
T115. Mandi Morrow 85-79-78-71=313