May 12, 2012
Final Results | NCAA West Regional Tournament Central
ERIE, Colo. – Missouri State wrapped up its 2011-12 campaign with the third and final round of the NCAA Women’s Golf West Regional on Saturday (May 12). Entering the tournament as the No. 22 seed, the Bears managed to move up two spots, placing 20th with Kennesaw State in the team standings.
Missouri State finished ahead of Oregon State, Northern Colorado and Jackson State and posted its best round of the tournament on Saturday with a 305 (+17). In their first NCAA postseason appearance since 2001, the Bears recorded a cumulative score of 926 (314-307-305). Three Bears’ golfers played their best rounds of the 54-hole tournament on the final day (Dolan, Thompson, Greyling).
"It was a great experience for our team," head coach Kevin Kane said. "I'm proud of the way we competed. We had a few bad holes at the very end of the first round and another couple holes early in the back nine today. Other than that, we played pretty well. It was a great way to send Catherine [Dolan] and Kelsey [Welber] off for all they've done for our program and a great incentive for our returners."
Leading the charge for Kevin Kane’s squad was senior All-MVC selection Catherine Dolan and junior Hermine Greyling. In her final contest donning a Missouri State uniform, Dolan notched the best round for the Bears with a 2-over-par 74. She was also MSU’s highest finisher of the tourney tying for 61st at 12-over. Greyling finished the tournament on a high note, carding a 3-over-par 75 for the second time in as many days. The junior from Cape Town, South Africa finished in a tie for 72nd at 13-over-par.
Freshman Megan Thompson improved each day at Colorado National Golf Club (81-78-77), finishing third for Missouri State and 104th overall. Rounding out the MSU golfers were junior Emma Clegg and senior All-MVC honoree Kelsey Welber at 104th and 118th, respectively.
Teams qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Franklin, Tenn. from the West Region are UCLA, LSU, Pepperdine, Colorado, Baylor, Stanford, North Carolina and Oklahoma, along with two individuals from Texas Tech.
Taking home the top medalist honors was North Carolina’s Catherine O’Donnell, who entered the final day at the top of the leaderboard. O’Donnell claimed the individual title at 7-under-par, and carded a final-round, 2-under-par 70. To put it in perspective, only seven golfers finished the tournament at even or better.