Rollins Wins Third Straight Div II Title


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College CentralThe issue was rarely in doubt all week as the Rollins women's golf team fired a final round 304 to run away with the 2005 NCAA Division II National Championship by 35 strokes. Rollins carded rounds of 300, 288, 293 and 304 for a record setting total of 1185 strokes (+17). No Rollins player carded a round above 78 for the second straight tournament.
The title is the Tars third straight as they have won the last three national championships by an average of 47 strokes.
This was absolutely a great team effort, to break our scoring record on a par 73 course is a true testament to the depth of our team, commented Rollins head coach Julie Garner. We lost 40 percent of our top five from last year's championship team, but our two new players stepped up and played great. I've had more fun coaching these players than possibly any other team I've had.
All five Rollins players finished in the top eight individually, led by Mariana De Biase's third place. She opened the tournament with a 76 and followed with back to back 71's to head in to Saturday's final round atop the leader board. She opened day four with a birdie, but struggled the rest of the round and carded a 78 for a total of 296 strokes (+4).
Charlotte Campbell was unable to defend her back to back individual titles, but played solid golf and tied with teammate Ulrika Ljungman in fourth place. The each ended the tournament with 298 strokes (+6).
Campbell led after the first two rounds after opening with a one under 72, followed by an even par 73. A rough 78 in the third round took her out of the race for the individual title, but she finished the tournament on high note with a two over par 75.
Ljungman, the lone senior on the team, began her final collegiate tournament with a 76 before a one under 72 in round two and par 73 in round three. She finished up the week with a strong 77 on the final day.
Marie-Pierre Bernier and Vanessa Vela, made the most of their first ever NCAA Championship tournament, totaling 302 strokes (+10) and tying for eighth place. Bernier had rounds of 77 and 78 on the first two days, but found her groove on day three with a two under par 71. She finished up with a 76 in the final round. Vela opened with a 76, and then came back with a one under 72 on day two before ending with rounds of 76 and 76.
Grand Valley State hung tough with Rollins for most of the tournament and took second place with a 52 over par 1220. Sunshine State Conference rival Florida Southern came in third place at 75 over par (1243).
Grand Valley State 's Melissa Sneller shot only one round above par and took the individual title with an even par 292.