In golf, every stroke matters, even if a team has hit 913 of them over three rounds in a tournament.
The UC Irvine Women’s Golf team missed advancing to the NCAA finals by two strokes on Saturday—finishing in ninth place out of 21 teams, just behind Arkansas at the NCAA West Regionals in Auburn, Washington. The top eight teams advanced to the NCAA finals at Ohio State next week.
With a 43-shot win at the Big West Championships two-and-a-half weeks ago the team seemed ready to take on the tougher competition at the NCAA Regional tournament.
After winning Big West Tournament Conference Player of the Year honors, sophomore Selanee Henderson finished 37th with a three-round total of 230 (76-81-73). The Anteaters were led by senior Angela Won who placed 24th at 225 (75-75-76). Sophomore Jane Chin was 32nd at 228 (74-78-76), senior Carling Cho finished 40th at 231 (76-80-75) and sophomore Kim Lorenzana was 81st at 240 (77-79-84).
The top finishers at the tournament were the Purdue Boilermakers who finished with a three-round total of 881.
UCLA was second at 887, Washington finished third at 888, while Stanford (896) finished fourth and Georgia (900) was fifth.
Playing on her home course, Washington’s Paige Mackenzie captured the tournament championship by impressively running away from the field. Mackenzie finished with a 54-hole total of eight-under par 208 (68-69-71)—eight shots ahead of second-place finisher
Rachel Newren of Brigham Young who shot a three-round total of 216.