Tars Win NCAA Region Championships

On the heels of this week’s win, the women’s golf team will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament next week.

(Photo courtesy of Rollins Athletics) (Photo courtesy of Rollins Athletics)

Rollins led wire-to-wire and ran away from the field down the stretch to capture the 2015 NCAA Division II Super Region 2 Championship.

Annie Dulman ’16 posted birdies on three of the last four holes, including one on 18, to tie for first place in the individual standings.

The win advances the top-ranked Tars to the NCAA Division II National Championship Tournament, hosted by Grand Valley State University May 13 – 16 in Allendale, Michigan.

Rollins came into the final round with a 12-stroke lead on second-place Lynn and the Fighting Knights looked as if they would take over the top spot early. The Tars were 12 over on the front nine and allowed Lynn to get within four strokes at the turn.

Rollins then found its groove on the back and as a team racked up nine birdies to play the final nine-holes at three-under.

The Tars ended the tournament with 884 strokes (284-303-297), a 16 stroke win over two-time defending national champion Lynn (303-296-301). Nova Southeastern also qualified for the national championship, finishing third with a score of 909 (306-302-301).

Along with Dulman atop the leaderboard, Lexie Toth ’18 finished tied for fourth place, Paige Lyle ’16 tied for 10th place, Madison Lellyo ’18 tied for 22nd place,  and Hally Leadbetter ’16 tied for 24th place.

Dulman was tied for first going into the final round and shot a three-over 75 to grab a share of medalist honors with Mailen Domecq Chantry of Nova Southeastern. The junior carded scores of 70-72-75 over the course of the weekend to finish with a three-over par 217.

On Tuesday, Dulman was three over at the turn and got back to two-over after a birdie on No. 11. She then hit a rough stretch with bogeys on the next three holes and dropped into third place at five-over. After a pep talk from Head Coach Julie Garner, she birdied No. 15, but gave the stroke back with a bogey on No. 16.

Dulman finished in dramatic fashion with a birdie on the par-5 No. 17 and then knocked her approach on 18 to within four feet of the cup. She drained in the birdie putt and picked up her second win of the season.