DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. -
Highlighted by sophomore Michelle Rosenhouse
's (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West) fourth place finish as an individual, the Monmouth University women's golf team finished in third position at the 2012 Northeast Conference Championships at LPGA International - Champions Course, in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Following its conference championship best round of 310 on Sunday, the Hawks carded a school-record 54-hole total of 941 (315-316-310), while Rosenhouse, who tied or bested her career-best rounds on each of the three days, ended the event with a career-best 74 on the final day. The Hawks, who bested their former best 54-hole conference championship total by 66 strokes in 2012, posted their best finish since claiming third place in 2006.
"The team shot the lowest round in team history in the final round 310, played amazing and all had personal bests this weekend throughout the championship," said head coach Sherri McDonald
. "They shot 66 shots better than last year and played well enough to move up a spot to take third."
Rosenhouse, who inked a 74 on the final day of action, carded a 228 (+12) to finish two shots behind a second place tie between Fairleigh Dickinson teammates Annika Karlsson (77-72-77=226) and Esther Park (73-74-79=226). LIU Brooklyn's Cristina Felip (73-70-72=215), who was the lone player to shoot under-par (-1), won the individual title.
LIU Brooklyn (919), which entered the final day nine strokes behind Fairleigh Dickinson on the team leaderboard, fired a third round total of 298 - the only sub-300 round of the championship - to take the team title out of the grasp of four-time returning champ, FDU, which finished with a 924.
Junior Kelsi Kavanagh
(Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Boro), who carded a three-round total of 236 (76-81-79) claimed 16th position for the Hawks, while sophomore Elizabeth Abbondandolo
(Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) (80-78-79), who carded a career-low round on day two, finished one shot back to claim 17th place with a 237.
Junior Rachel Werner
(Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) (80-82-78), who inked a 54-hole 240, claimed 20th place overall, while sophomore Macy Raimo
(Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) finished in a tie for 39th place with a 260 (88-87-85) to round out the Hawks' competitors.
On Sunday, Rosenhouse posted the fourth-best individual finish in school history, as former Hawks Jaclyn Lucas (2001), Rae Johnson (2006) and Rylee Plitz (2007) each finished as a runner-up for Monmouth.
Monmouth's 2012 finish was the fourth time in program history the Blue and White finished in the top three at the league championships.
"We were the youngest team in the field and all the starters in this event will be returning next season," added McDonald. "They are all excited about their performance this year and are already looking forward to next season. I could not be more proud of this team. They went out with the intent to break our school record and move up in the field and did just that. This was our best performance ever with a much lower three day total then ever before."
NEC Women's Championship FINAL Standings
LPGA International (Champions Course)
Par 72, 6030 yards
1. Long Island (308-313-298=919 +55)
2. Fairleigh Dickinson (305-307-312=924 +60)
3. Monmouth (315-316-310=941 +77)
4. Sacred Heart (310-317-328=955 +91)
5. Robert Morris (328-325-309=962 +98)
6. Saint Francis (324-324-320=968 +104)
7. Central Conn. St. (327-316-328=971 +107)
8. Wagner (325-331-324=980 +116)
9. Quinnipiac (344-348-347=1039 +175)
10. Mount St. Mary's (349-354-342=1045 +181)
11. St. Francis (395-391-405=1191 +327)