SAN ANTONIO – Lobo sophomore Manon Molle' threw out three rounds of good golf at the NCAA San Antonio Region, but probably needed one round of spectacular golf in order to advance to the national finals.
Molle' shot a 2-over-par 74 on Saturday’s final round of the 54-hole tournament. Her card of 71-73-74=218 was not good enough to push her past the regional wars that allowed for six teams and three individuals to move on to the NCAA Championships. The Lobo would have needed a three-round card of 212 in order to advance.
“I figured she needed about a 67 or maybe a 68 today in order to go on,” said Lobo Coach Jill Trujillo. “She hit it by the hole all day and hit the edges (on putts), but couldn’t get any to drop. She made a good run at it.
“It was tough day, a long day, with a three-hour lightning delay. We got to the course at 6:45 this morning and didn’t tee off until after 11.”
Molle' was steady and consistent on Saturday with 14 pars, one birdie and three bogeys. The birdie and two of the bogeys came on her fourth (birdie), fifth and sixth holes of her round. Molle' then rolled out 11 of 12 pars to finish with her 74.
“It was a good experience for her,” said Trujillo. “The more experience she gets in these types of settings the more she’ll learn how to react in the future in big events with a lot of pressure. I think she did very well. She played steady, but you have to have putts fall.
“All in all it was a good experience for her and something to build on.”
Molle' had to finish as one of the top three individuals (not on an advancing team) in order to compete in national finals to be held May 22-27 at The Concessions Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. There will be 132 golfers advancing to the finals with six teams and three individuals advancing from each regional.
Baylor won the team title at San Antonio by three shots (842 to 845) over UCLA. Tennessee, Texas A&M, Washington and Texas Tech also advance to the national finals. Baylor's Hayley Davis won medalist honors at 67-68-65=200. Davis was 16-under-par. Baylor trailed Tennessee by four shots entering the final round. Baylor finished 22-under-par as a team. Texas Tech grabbed the last qualifying team spot (sixth) by two shots over Texas.
Molle finished 34th out of 96 golfers. UCLA's Bronte Law was runner-up with cards of 68-68-69 for a 205 total which was 11-under-par. Law had three rounds in the 60s and still lost by five shots to the red-hot Davis.
The three individual spots went to Bertine Strauss of Texas (70-72-70—212), Monica Vaughn of Arizona State (71-72-69—212) and Anica Yoo of Oregon State (70-69-73—212). The trio tied for sixth place and earned the trip to the NCAA finals.