This rising junior is always around the top of the leaderboard, and the national championship tournament was no exception.
Lexie Toth ’18 (Photo by Jim Hogue Photography)
In just two years of college golf, Lexie Toth ’18 has finished in the top 10 so many times that the only spots she hasn’t claimed are seventh and eighth.
A fourth-place showing is the one she cherishes the most.
Photo by NCAA Photos/Jack Dempsey At Denver’s CommonGround Golf Course in May, Toth shot 1-over 289, placing fourth as an individual and leading Rollins to its sixth NCAA Division II national title.
“I’ve come in second three times and won a tournament,” she says, “but that was, for sure, the most special.”
With so many elite athletes on one team, “Lexie’s probably the most underrated golfer in our top five,” Women’s Golf Head Coach Julie Garner says. “But she’s had a consistently excellent trajectory to her career, and she’s been a fantastic addition to the program.”
Bio: Born and raised in Dublin, Ohio; led Jerome High School to three state titles; international relations major
2015-16 highlights: 75.76 stroke average; won Guy Harvey Invitational; shot 2-under 70 in fourth round of NCAA Division II Championships; four top-five finishes; first-team All-American
After finishing second last year, what did it feel like to win the national title? “It just felt right, like we deserved it and all the hard work finally paid off. Everyone on our team contributed. We were a little nervous but never felt fearful. We embraced the day and just let it happen.”
When did you start playing golf? “At age 12. My dad played at Ohio State, and I live on a golf course. Once I started playing, I got the golf bug and never stopped.”
How have others shaped your development? “I feel like I’m becoming a better person because of Coach Garner, and I have personal relationships with my professors because of how small the classes are. Being an international relations major, I also like how our new president (Grant Cornwell) emphasizes global citizenship.”
Photo by Jim Hogue Photography
What’s something unique about attending a small college? “President Cornwell and his wife (Peg) had our team over for dinner before we went to nationals, and they were there with flowers and the school band when we arrived back on campus. I consider him a role model and someone I can go to for advice. I don’t think it would be that way at a big school.”
How did Rollins get on your radar? “I was playing in a tournament in Orlando, and Coach Garner came out to watch a girl from Mexico, Vivi Vazquez, who’s my teammate now. I was considering Ohio State and Michigan, but I committed to Rollins at the beginning of my senior year.”
Golf: Interlachen Country Club, Winter Park; CommonGround, Denver; Princeton.
Academics: Comparative Politics
Favorite professor: Margareth Morales (Spanish lecturer). “You can tell how much time she puts into the lessons. She really cares so much about her students.”
How would you describe your game? “I hit it pretty straight and never get into too much trouble. I’ve got a good short game, and I grind it out a lot too.”
Favorite place to hang out: “All the restaurants on Park Avenue, and the farmers market on the weekend.”
Editor’s note: As part of our series on the women’s golf team, we’re spotlighting the five golfers—Toth, Hally Leadbetter, Annie Dulman, Madison Lellyo, and Paige Lyle—who teamed up to win the national title. To learn more about the team’s path to the championship, read “Anatomy of a National Title”. A full-length profile on Garner will appear in the Fall 2016 issue of Rollins magazine.