Courtesy of Kent State Sports Information
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sophomore Kira Meixner placed in a tie for 12th place and Kent State finished 21st at the 2006 NCAA Women's Golf Championships held at Ohio State's Scarlet Course. Meixner shot a final-round 74 to post a total of 295 to capture KSU's best-ever finish at the NCAA championship tournament.
Meixner posted rounds of 74-74-73-74 in the tournament, finishing 7-over, tied with three other players. She was just five strokes out of third place.
"Kira had a heckuva tournament," head coach Mike Morrow said. "She played solid golf throughout the tournament and was in complete control of her game. She drove the ball well, put it on the greens and proved she belonged among the top women's players in the country."
Meixner had 14 pars, one birdie and three bogies on her round. She finished the tournament tied for fifth among the 126 players in par-4 scoring, averaging 4.08 on the four pars.
As a team, the Golden Flashes shot a team total of 306 in the final round to complete the event with 1,229 strokes in 21st place. Kent State was eight shots out of a top-20 finish.
"It was just an outstanding year for our team," Morrow said. "Obviously we had higher expectations for the tournament that 21st, but we plugged along and gave it everything we had. We just never got our games together for 18 holes, but the effort was there.
"Part of it was the course, which just doesn't give up a lot of birdies," Morrow said. "Then, in two rounds we started hot and couldn't keep it going, and in the others we started slow, but were able to turn it around. But when you look at the teams here and where we finished, we're proud of our accomplishment."
The 24-team championship field played a renovated Scarlet Course, which underwent a $4.2 million face-lift by Jack Nicklaus. The course was lengthened to 6,203 yards, playing at a par 72, and features steep-faced bunkers and resurfaced greens.
"It's a beautiful course that is a very challenging, yet fair test of golf," Morrow said. "The new greens have a lot of subtle nuances and are in pristine condition."
Senior Becky Wood capped her career in fine fashion, shooting a 2-over 74. Wood had 16 pars in the round and just two bogies. The round was Wood's best in eight NCAA Championship rounds. She finished tied for 68th overall with a final total of 307. Wood had rounds of 77-79-77-74.
"It was good to see Becky finish the way she did and go out with a good round of golf," Morrow said. "She played right through the emotions of the day and it was a great way for her to finish, making about a 14-foot putt for par on the final hole."
Sophomore Tara Delaney shot a final-round 78 and finished with a 315 total and in a tie for 98th. She shot 76-76-85-78. Freshman Kirby Dreher finished in a tie for 110th, recording rounds of 85-78-74-81 for a 318 total. Junior Karen Delaney tied for 120th with a 326 total after rounds of 85-81-80-80.
NOTES: The previous best finish by a KSU individual at the NCAA finals was by Martina Gillen (T-30th) in 2001... Meixner also broke the school record for four-round score by a KSU individual at the NCAA finals with her 295, bettering Gillen's 300 in 2001... In each of the four rounds, Kent State's third score was never lower than 77.
NCAA Championships (72-hole FINAL totals)
Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio, Par 72, 6,203-yards
Team Scores (72-hole FINAL totals): 1. Duke 1,167; 2. Southern California 1,177; 3. Pepperdine 1,187; 4. Arizona State 1,195; 5. California 1,200; T-6. Georiga 1,202; T-6. Washington 1,202; T-6. Florida 1,202; 9. Purdue 1,203; 10. Arkansas 1,205; 11. UCLA 1,207; 12. Auburn 1,208; T-13. Tennessee 1,209; T-13. Stanford 1,209; Wake Forest 1,211; 16. Florida State 1,213; 17. Arizona 1,216; 18. Oklahoma State 1,217; 19. Texas A&M 1,219; 20. Nebraska 1,221; 21. Kent State 1,229; 22. UNLV 1,230; 23. LSU 1,232; 24. Alabama 1,248.
Top-3 Individuals (72-hole FINAL totals): 1. Dewi Schreefel (Southern California) 286 (-2); 2. Sandra Gal (Florida) 288 (E); 3. Da Sol Chung (UNLV) 290 (+2).
Kent State Individuals (72-hole FINAL totals): T-12. Kira Meixner 74-74-73-74=295 (+7); T-68. Becky Wood 77-79-77-74=307 (+19); T-98. Tara Delaney 76-76-85-78=315 (+27); T-110. Kirby Dreher 85-78-74-81=318 (+30); T-120. Karen Delaney 85-81-80-80=326 (+38).