This week Columbia College senior Morgan Reimler will be competing in the 2017 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The championship is a 72 hole event being played on the Squire Course at the PGA National Resort and Spa from May 23rd-26th. Reimler is the first golfer from Columbia College to compete in the national championships since the program began competing in the 2012-13 season.
The 161-player field consists of 18 automatic qualifying teams, which won or finished runner-up in their respective conference, independent or unaffiliated group tournament, 12 at-large berths and 11 individual qualifiers.
The 11 individual qualifiers include seven automatic selections and four at-large selections. To receive an individual automatic berth, a player must win her respective conference tournament or be an All-Tournament Team honoree from the previous year’s national championships that did not qualify otherwise.
Reimler, who qualified for the national championships after winning the AMC Women’s Golf Championships on May 2nd, will tee off today (Tuesday, May 23rd)at 9:24 a.m. EDT from hole 12. The senior has won three tournaments this season including wins at the CMU Eagle Open where she shot a 156 overall (82-74, +12), the UPike Spring Invitational where she shot a 146 overall (74-72, +2), and the AMC Women’s Golf Championships where she shot a 159 (77-82, +15). Reimler has competed in nine events throughout the fall and spring seasons and averages a score of 79.12 through 17 rounds of golf.