DESTIN, Fla. – Freshman Emily Stephenson recorded her best round of the tournament as the Concordia University Wisconsin Women's Golf team concluded play at the NCAA Division III Championships at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
As a team the Falcons shot a 396 on Friday, which marked the first time they didn't improve upon their team score from the previous day at the championships. CUW had its best day in the third round Thursday when they carded a team score of 364.
Stephenson (Ashland, Wis.) paced the team during the final round as she recorded a 90, which marked her best round at the event by six strokes. The freshman tallied four pars on holes 7, 10, 14 and 16. Her back nine score of 43 (+7) was also her best nine-hole round in four days.
Freshman Nina Puch (Des Plaines, Ill.) recorded a 94 on Friday. Puch, who tied for the lowest round in the tournament Thursday with a 72, had eight pars in her final round. She performed much better on her second nine holes of play, the front nine, as she shot a four over par and recorded a par on six of nine holes. Puch finished tied for 62nd in the individual standings.
Freshmen Lexi Westphal (Brownsville, Wis.) and Emmy Dill (Bristol, Wis.) carded rounds of 105 and 107, respectively, for the Falcons Friday. Both players played stronger on the front nine as Dill had three pars in her final nine holes of play and shot a 50, while Westphal tallied a 49.
Rounding out the CUW lineup was freshman Madalyn Joannes (Wauwatosa, Wis.) who improved upon her Thursday score by five strokes, recording a 113. Joannes had her best hole on the par-5 13th as she finished with her only par of the round.
Mary-Hardin Baylor won the team title ending the Methodist University streak of 15 consecutive national championships. MHB recorded a team score of 1239, finishing eight strokes ahead of Texas-Tyler, who had a 1247. Texas-Tyler had the individual champion in Laura Lindsey who posted a 296 over four rounds.
The future looks bright for the Falcons as the entire 2012-2013 roster was comprised of freshman. The freshmen group was one that captured the 2012 NAC Championship, winning that event by 104 strokes.