Kent State Concludes 2010-11 Season With 14th Place Finish at NCAA Central Regional

Updated 5/8/2011
Story courtesy of Kent State Athletic Communications

SOUTH BEND, IND. - The Kent State women's golf team had its 2010-11 season conclude Saturday morning with their 14th place finish at the 2011 NCAA Central Regional at Warren Golf Course. The Golden Flashes were just 10 strokes away from finishing in eighth place and earning a berth to the NCAA Championship.

Junior Mandi Morrow (Kent, Ohio) narrowly missed advancing to the national tournament as an individual qualifier, finishing as the fourth-best individual among non-team qualifiers. Morrow was a stroke away from tying for second, which would have put her in an individual playoff.

Morrow concluded her round with back-to-back birdies on No. 8 and No. 9 to give her an even-par 72 on Saturday, Kent State's best individual round for the three-day tournament. She finished with an eight-over 224, placing her tied for 14th overall.

Fellow junior Shamira Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio) tied for 38th overall after carding a five-over 77 on Saturday to finish with a 13-over 229. Marshall had birdies on a pair of par-3 holes - No. 14 and No. 9 - but a triple-bogey on No. 16 marred her effort on the day.

Kent State seniors Martina Gavier (Cordoba, Argentina) and Sarah Bradley (Cambridge, New Zealand) both finished their collegiate careers with rounds of 18-over 234. Gavier moved up thanks to a five-over 77 on Saturday, while Bradley tallied her third straight 78, which included three birdies.

Junior Mercedes Germino (Necochea, Argentina) concluded her three-day effort with a 10-over 82 Saturday and finished the regional with an 85th place finish.

UCLA captured the tournament title with a four-stroke victory over LSU. Along with the Bruins and Tigers, Minnesota, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford and Wake Forest advanced to the NCAA Championship May 18-21 at Traditions Golf Course, hosted by Texas A&M. Individuals to advance were Duke's Lindy Duncan and Tulane's Maribel Lopez Porras, who edged Chattanooga's Maria Juliana Loza in a playoff hole.