Amherst Headed South for 2009 NCAA Championships
AMHERST, MA – Amherst College is one of 21 schools selected to compete in the 2009 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Methodist University will host the four-day event, which is set to begin Wednesday, May 13.
Eleven conferences have been granted automatic qualification and the remaining 10 teams were selected on an at-large basis from conferences and the remaining independent institutions. Six individuals—not from selected teams—also were selected for the championships.
The Lord Jeffs last competed at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships in 2007 when they placed 13th at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howie-in-the-Hills, Florida. Amherst placed third in 2002 when the national championships were hosted by Mount Holyoke College at The Orchards.
Amherst never placed lower than fifth in any match this year. After winning the Mount Holyoke Invitational in September, the Lord Jeffs won four of six spring events to wrap up one of the most successful regular seasons in program history.
Leading Amherst’s young team has been sophomore Hayley Milbourn, the 2008 NGCA Division III Freshman of the Year and All-America First Team honoree. This year Milbourn finished with the team’s lowest score in 10 of 11 matches, taking home individual titles at the Middlebury Invitational, Jack Leaman Championship and, most recently, the Wellesley Spring Invitational.
Milbourn will be joined by senior Amanda Otieno and first-years Nina Yoo, Elaine Lin and Laura Monty. Lin led Amherst at Wellesley’s Ann S. Batchelder Inviational during the fall season by placing fifth with an 82, and finished the spring slate by tying for eighth at the Wellesley Spring Invitational.
Monty put in Amherst’s lowest score at the Williams Spring Invitational to tie for sixth, and just one week later wrapped up the regular season by placing seventh at Wellesley. Yoo’s best finish came at Wellesley when she tied for second place with a 79, leaving her behind only Milbourn.
As the team’s lone senior, Otieno will bring valuable experience to Port St. Lucie. After missing the fall season due to her obligations with Amherst’s women’s basketball team, Otieno competed in the Jeffs’ final five spring matches. The senior’s best round came on day one of the Jack Leaman Championship when she shot an 89 to match Monty.
The 2009 NCAA Championships will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently. The tournament consists of 72 holes of play over four days of competition. In the team competition, the low four scores from each team for each day will count in the team’s total score.
In 2008, Methodist University won its 11th consecutive and 21st overall NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships with a combined score of 1,219 at the Centennial Oaks Golf Course in Waverly, Iowa. Susan Martin of Methodist won the individual title with a total score of 294 which set a new national championship meet record. Martin’s teammate Katie Dick and Franklin College’s Katie Tewell shared co-runner-up spots with scores of 297.
2009 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Southwestern University (Texas)
Gustavus Adolphus College
Illinois Wesleyan University
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
St. Lawrence University
Wheaton College (Illinois)
St. Mary's College (Indiana)
University of Texas at Tyler
University of Puget Sound
Emily Bachert, Centre College
Stephanie Mingos, Rhodes College
Kimberly Eaton, Wellesley College
Kayla Eckelkamp, Maryville University of St. Louis
Jordan Matheson, Macalester College
Sarah Paulson, Central College (Iowa)