Aurora Women's Golf Opens Play at NCAA Championships Tuesday

Aurora Women's Golf Opens Play at NCAA Championships Tuesday

Release courtesy of Aurora University athletics communications

For the fourth time in five years, the Aurora University women's golf team will represent AU and the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference in the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship. The 25-team and six individual field will be played Tuesday-Friday, May 14-17 at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.

Live Stats for the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships

ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The championships will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently. Following 54 holes of competition, the field will be cut to the top 15 teams and top six individuals not on one of those teams to compete the final day.  In the team competition, the low four scores from each team for each day will count in the team's total score.

AU, the winner of the NACC championship last fall, is making its fourth overall NCAA tournament appearance and is one of 21 teams from conferences granted automatic qualification into the tourney. The remaining four teams were selected on an at-large basis from conferences and the remaining independent institutions. Six individuals, not from selected teams, also were chosen for the championships.

In 2018, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won its first-ever NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship in program history after defeating Williams College in a two-hole playoff at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.  George Fox was third with a 1,272 team total. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' senior Margaret Loncki earned medalist honors with a three-shot victory over Navika Kuchakulla from New York University.   

ABOUT THE SPARTANS
AU, the winner of the NACC championship last fall, is making its fourth overall NCAA tournament appearance and is one of 21 teams from conferences granted automatic qualification into the tourney. The remaining four teams were selected on an at-large basis from conferences and the remaining independent institutions. Six individuals, not from selected teams, also were chosen for the championships.

The Aurora University women's golf team wrapped up a record setting 2018 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Championship with a run away victory. AU set two more records in the final round on Sunday, shooting a third round 328 which broke the record they set on Friday. The three round total of 1002 also set a NACC record for the 54-hole championship.

AU won the NACC title by 141 strokes over three rounds of play at Meadowbrook Country Club in Racine, Wisconsin.

The team's season-best round of 326 in the second round of the Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic was a catapult of things to come in the 2018-2019 campaign for the Spartans. Freshman Kallie Sakamoto was named the NACC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year but will not compete in the NCAA Championship. Spartans Becca Hasemann, Hannah Schultz and Sarah Isaacs along with Sakamoto were named All-NACC this season. Head Coach Justin Wyeth earned his third NACC Women's Golf Coach of the Year title while he was also named the NACC Men's Golf Coach of the Year for a second consecutive season.

The Spartans begin competition Tuesday afternoon, going off the No. 10 tee on the par-72, 5,889-yard Bay Oaks layout beginning at 12:55 p.m. Aurora will be joined in its grouping by Transylvania and UW-Whitewater. 

SPARTANS LINEUP 

Pos. Name Tourn. Rds. Avg. Low 18 Best Finish (Event)
1. Becca Hasemann 7 12 85.2 80 2nd (NACC Championship)
2. Hannah Schultz 9 14 85.4 79 3rd (NACC Championship)
3. Sarah Isaacs 9 14 88.3 83 T-3rd (Judson Fall Invite)
4. Lauren Anderson 8 11 89.6 84 2nd (NACC Preview)
5. Madison Erickson 8 11 92.4 85 T-7th (NACC Preview)

 
 
 
 
 
 



SPARTANS AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
AU has made three prior trips to the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship rounds with the 2016 and 2017 appearances coming at Bay Oak Country Club.
- The Spartans finished 19th in the 2017 NCAA Championship with a three-day score of 1,076 (369 / 362 / 345).
- AU finished 18th in the 2016 NCAA Championship with a four-day score of 1,416 (369 / 351 / 348 / 348).
- In 2015, AU finished 21st in the NCAA Championship with a four-day score of 1,620 (410 / 392 / 421 / 397).