Rhodes wins first team championship since 1961; Lynx never trailed

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HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — Rhodes made history on Friday, capturing the college’s first NCAA Division III national team title, winning the 2014 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.

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The Lynx never trailed in the championship race, pulling out to a commanding 10-stroke lead after Round 1.

Rhodes saw its lead shrink, but held on to a five-stroke advantage after the second round of play. Following a rainy third round, the Lynx fought for a 12-stroke lead and clinched the title in the fourth and final round with a team score of 1,256 to win the national title, 24 strokes ahead of the runner-up Mary Hardin-Baylor.

The Lynx were led by their three phenomenal freshmen who anchored the team throughout the tournament. First-year Jessica Zweifel led the charge, finishing third overall with a four-round score of 307 (77, 79, 76, 75). Fellow first-year Nikki Isaacson placed fourth in the NCAA field with a total score of 312 (76,81, 79, 76). Meg Healy capped her senior campaign with a national title, placing in a tie for 10th, recording a four-day score of 318 (80, 78, 82, 78). Sarahanne Vaughan rounded out the freshmen trio, where she had a stellar tournament for the Lynx, as well, placing 13th and carding a four-day total of 319 (78, 85, 77, 79). Junior Jessica Ritter turned in a total of 376 (80, 96, 90, 86) to finish out the Lynx top five.

Rhodes beat out stiff competition to take the title, downing the defending national champion, Mary Hardin-Baylor, which shot a score of 1,280. Williams finished third with an overall score of 1,285 with the Texas-Tyler placing fourth shooting 1,291. Methodist and Ithaca rounded out the top five with a tie at 1,298. Top-ranked Washington (Mo.) took seventh with a score of 1,300.

Georgiana Salant from Williams took medalist honors with a four-day total of 303. McKenzie Ralston of Mary Hardin-Baylor took second with a tournament total of 305.

The championship is the first team championship for Rhodes since the 1961 baseball team brought home a national title. This will be the first NCAA title since the individual tennis title won by Nao Kinishitain 1997.

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