Kumar Shines In NCAA Final Round

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Release: 05/07/2011
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UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho and freshman Laverry Kumar pose together following Saturday's final round at the 2011 NCAA East Regionals
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UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho and freshman Laverry Kumar pose together following Saturday's final round at the 2011 NCAA East Regionals

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - Freshman Laverry Kumar posted a career-low 67 to lead UNCW in the final round of the 2011 NCAA East Regionals Saturday at the LPGA International Legends Course.

Kumar established a new program mark for the lowest individual round in post-season competition with her five-under-par result on Saturday. The New Delhi, India product started on the back nine and was one-under at the turn before finishing the tournament with a bogey-free effort over her last nine holes that saw her go four-under-par, highlighted by birdies on three of the last six holes.

"Laverry's round today was incredible," said UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. She was excellent from tee to green, made some huge putts and holed out an amazing bunker shot on hole No. 7 to go to five under par for the day. Laverry barely missed earning the final individual qualifying spot by one shot. It was confusing at the end as Florida State and Vanderbilt had to go into a playoff for the final 8th team spot. Vanderbilt ended up winning but had Florida State won, Laverry would have been the second Individual qualifier."

Kumar ended the event in a tie for 11th with a 54-hole total of two-over-par 218 (77-74-67) while junior Sofia Hagsund finished the tournament with a five-over-par 77 to claim a share of 64th place at 229 (70-82-77).  Freshmen Lori Beth Adams (78-74-78=230/T-69th) and Jeanne Metivier (82-78-80=240/T-110th) and senior Cristina Manrique (79-87-86=252/119) completed the Seahawks entry.

"Laverry's finish is the second-best finish by a UNCW women's golfer in post-season competition," said Ho. We are so excited about her performance today. She is extremely disappointed right now but in time this experience will help both our program and her game."

The Seahawks finished the final round with a team total of 302 to establish a new program best for low team round in post-season play and finish the team with a three-day total of 914 (304-308-302) to claim 15th place and finish three strokes ahead of No. 45 Texas Tech (316-303-298=917).

"I am so proud of the team for how they performed this week," said Ho.  "Coming in as the 22nd seed and finishing 15th is positive for our young team this year. Trying to prepare for Regionals was difficult with them taking some finals early and studying for their other finals everyday while we have been here competing has been extremely difficult."

"We beat some very good programs this week in Colorado (No. 31), Texas Tech (No. 45), Florida International (No. 46), Augusta State (No. 53), Yale (No. 56) and Kentucky (No. 57) and finished only behind Ole Miss (No. 41) by eight shots," Ho continued.  "It was a great showing by a young team and I am excited about the future of our golf program. My freshmen demonstrated they can handle the pressure and play with big-time teams and that is a great sign for our future." 

No. 3 Alabama claimed the team tournament title with a two-over-par tournament result of 866 (287-284-295), finishing two shots ahead of No. 21 UNC Chapel Hill (293-282-293=868). No. 10 Arizona State was third with a 54-hole total of 871 (295-288-288) and No. 49 Coastal Carolina claimed fourth with a tournament scorecard of 876 (286-298-292).

Alabama's Stephanie Meadow carded a three-under-par 69 to post a six-shot victory over the field with a nine-under-par tournament total of 207 (71-67-69). California's Pia Halbig took second with a three-under-par 213 (73-70-70) while three players - Coastal Carolina's Jessica Alexander (69-78-69), Florida State's Jessica Negron (69-73-74) and Arizona State's Daniela Ordonez (76-70-70) - all finished in a tie for third at even par.