POOLER, Ga.—The No. 5-ranked William Woods University women’s golf team earned a runner-up finish at the 2015 NAIA National Championship on Friday afternoon, as the team ended the four-day event with an 81-over par 1233 (305-307-316-305).
This is the best finish for the Owls in program history at Nationals, which can be attributed to a strong final round on Friday, as the team shot a 17-over par 305, which was the second-best round score on the day and it tied WWU’s lowest-round on the week.
Northwood University was the overall winner, as they shot a 59-over par 1211 (308-301-306-296), including shooting an impressive 8-over par 296 in the fourth round.
Joining WWU in second place, included, SCAD-Savannah (308-308-311-306) and Dalton State (309-303-304-317), while rounding out the top five was University of the Cumberlands, who totaled an 82-over par 1234 (312-298-305-319).
Individually, Julia McQuilken was able to take home the title, as she shot a 4-over par 292 (74-70-71-77), on the week.
For William Woods, in her first Nationals appearance, freshman Katie Warren, shot a 3-over par 75 on Friday and finished the championship with a 12-over par 300 (77-73-75-75), which was good enough for fifth place.
Warren, a Swindon, England, native, went 5-over par on the front nine, but on the back nine, after scoring a bogey on the par four 10th, she knocked in her first birdie on the par four 11th. After a par on the 12th, she drained her first eagle of the tournament on the par five 494 yard 13th hole, to move to 3-over for the day.
She went on to bogey the 14th, birdie the 15th and collect three more par scores, to finish at 2-under on the back nine and 3-over on the afternoon. For her efforts, Warren was also named to the All-Tournament team at the end of the NAIA Championship.
Also, making her Nationals debut, was freshman Celia Mansour, and she earned a top-25 finish, as she closed out with a 21-over par 309 (76-74-79-80), for 22nd place.
Mansour, scored par, bogey, bogey, on her first three holes, but knocked in a birdie on the fourth hole, to get back to 1-over par. A par and a double-bogey on the sixth hole, set her back to 3-over, but a birdie on the par four eighth, put her at 2-over, as she made the turn for the back nine.
On the final nine holes, Mansour, doubled-bogeyed the par four 10th and went on to bogey the 11th, but she was able to maintain her composure and score par on the next three. She closed out her day with bogeys on 15, 16 and 17, however, to finish at 8-over on the day.
Junior Jodie Peacock was able to move up three spots on Friday and finish in a tie for 33rd place, after she ended with a 25-over par 313 (76-78-80-79).
Peacock, a Nottinghamshire, England, native, stared the morning off strong, as she birdied holes one and three, to move to 2-under par. After hitting three consecutive pars, Peacock bogeyed the final three holes on the front nine and headed towards the back nine at 1-over.
She hit her fourth straight bogey on the par four 10th, but responded by scoring par on the next five holes, to stay at 2-over par. A bogey and a par on the 16th and 17th, moved her to 3-over, but on the final hole on the morning, Peacock hit a quadruple-bogey, on the par four 18th, to turn in her scorecard at 7-over for the day.
Junior Myriam Hassan, played her best round of golf on Friday, as she shot a 3-over par 75, which allowed her to jump up 14 spots on the leaderboard and finish in a tie for 54th, after totaling a 31-over par 319 (78-82-84-75).
After scoring a 7-over par on the front nine in round three, Hassan made her adjustments and dominated today, as she bogeyed holes one and three, but responded with a birdie on the par fifth, which she double-bogeyed yesterday.
Hassan, went on to bogey the next two holes, but closed out the front nine with a birdie on the eighth and par on the ninth, to finish at 2-over through nine holes.
Her success continued on the first two holes on the back nine, as she was able to par the 10th and birdie the 11th, to move to 1-over par through 11 holes. A bogey on the 12th and a double-bogey on the 13th, pushed her back to 4-over par, but she was able to finish the round strong, as she was able to par the four of the final five holes, while hitting her fourth birdie on the day on the par five 17th, to end her day at 3-over. In the previous three rounds combined, Hassan had totaled three birdies.
The third Owl making her first appearance at Nationals, was Megan Cullen, and like Hassan, the freshman had an impressive final round, as she shot a 4-over par 76, which crept her up the leaderboard 11 spots, with her ending in 57th place, totaling a 32-over par 320 (76-86-82-76).
On the first nine holes, Cullen played near perfectly, with her only blemish coming on the par four second, as she hit a bogey. On the back nine, Cullen, bogeyed holes 10, 12, 13 and 15, but earned a birdie on the par four 14th, to go along with scoring par on four other holes, she finished at 4-over.
To view all the final round scores, visit HERE.
2015 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships All-Tournament Team
Julia McQuilken, Dalton State (Ga.)
Elsa Westin, Northwood (Fla.)
Alazne Urizar, SCAD Savannah (Ga.)
Sofia Molinaro, SCAD Savannah (Ga.)
Katie Warren, William Woods (Mo.)
Caroline Griffin, Dalton State (Ga.)
Caroline Retabi, Northwood (Fla.)
Heather Shake, Houston-Victoria (Texas)
Paulina Sekerkova, USC Beaufort (S.C.)
Lauren Kruszewski, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
Brianna Carrels, Victoria (B.C.)
Kaitlyn Riley, Cumberlands (Ky.)
Kat Kennedy, British Columbia
Vanessa Chap, Cal State San Marcos (Calif.)
Lauren Fitts, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)
Sabrina Schloo, Northwood (Fla.)
Fans make sure to stay updated on wwuowls.com for more awards to be handed out towards the women’s golf team.