Women’s golf finishes 20th in NCAA Division III tourney
The women’s golf team turned in a 20th place finish in their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III national championship, held at the PGA Village Golf Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
First-year players Janca Millet and Megan Foley led the way for the Pioneers. Millet finished with a four-round total of 339 that included an 82 on the third day, while Foley shot 349. Sophomore Megan Graeter was next for Transy at 371, and senior Brittany Daulton turned in a 375. Sophomore Sarah Slattery finished at 411.
Transy qualified for the national event by winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament in the fall. This spring, before heading to Florida for the national meet, the Pioneers won a rain-shortened version of the Transy Spring Invitational and the Franklin Spring Invitational, hosted by Franklin College.
For head coach Mark Turner ’77, participation in the Division III national tournament was a signal achievement for his Pioneer golfers.
“Going from where we were in the conference a few years ago, with just enough players for a team, to having 13 players this year, winning the conference, and going to the national tournament has been a tremendous jump in the program,” Turner said. “Now that we’ve established ourselves as one of the top teams in the HCAC, we’d like to continue to aim for the national level.”
Playing against the top Division III teams in the nation was a great learning experience for his players, Turner said.
“Being a young team this year, playing in the NCAA tournament was a motivating factor for them to see that they’re pretty close to competing with some of the top tier teams in the country. I think it just whetted their appetite for next year.”