Methodist Lady Monarchs Win Div III Title


College CentralSeven was definitely the lucky number on Friday for the Methodist Lady Monarchs as they captured the 2004 NCAA Division III National Championship at The Golf Courses of Lawsonia. The title marks the seventh straight for Methodist and a whopping 17 in the last 19 seasons.
This seasons championship was the closest in many seasons for Methodist. The Lady Monarchs fended off a strong challenge by Mary Hardin-Baylor, winning by two strokes. Methodist finished with a 1,303, compared to 1,305 for Mary Hardin-Baylor. It came down, literally, to the final hole of the tournament.
The Lady Monarchs opened the day with a seven-stroke lead, only to see Mary Hardin-Baylor rally twice to tie in the first 15 holes. Methodist had a one-lead with the final group play the 18th hole. Thats when freshman Charlotte Williams birdied the par-5 18th, giving the Lady Monarchs the two-stroke cushion.
Williams, a freshman, shot a final-round 84 to finish tied for second place with Concordias Katie Taylor. The duo finished two strokes behind individual national champion Brittany Cary from McMurry.
In addition to Williams, Heather Martin finished 11th with a 327 (82-81-78-81), while Hope Thomas finished tied for 19th with a 332 (80-85-81-86). Melissa Arnett and Jennifer Lymangood each tied for 31st with a 340.
In the final team standings, De Pauw finished third with a 1,315, followed by Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1,321), Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1,344), Gustavus Adolphus (1,355), St. Marys (1,384), Mount Holyoke (1,390) and Hardin-Simmons (1,453).