College sports: UF women’s golf makes NCAA field

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — Brooke Albers is returning to the NCAA Division II women’s golf national championship.

And this time she’s bringing a few friends with her.

Albers capped off her 228 tournament total with a 78 on Tuesday, leading the University of Findlay to a third place finish in the Super Region 1 Tournament held at the Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind. The top three teams in the field advance to the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship to be held May 14-17 at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Canover, N.C.

The Oilers trailed Grand Valley State by 20 strokes, the University of Indianapolis by 12, and Ferris State by one heading into Tuesday’s play. While most other teams struggled on the third and final day of the regional, UF remained consistent, completing a school-record 319-314-316–949 score that earned UF its first ever trip to the women’s national tournament.

Albers, who qualified for the nationals as an individual her sophomore year (2011-12), placed third in Tuesday’s medalist standings with a 77-73-78–228 total, the third best 54-hole total in UF women’s golf history.

Michele Schambs’ 76 was UF’s best score of the day and lifted the junior to 13th in the final medalist standings with a 83-79-76–238 total. Sophomore Kasey Petty was one stroke back after a 78-81-80–239 tournament, and freshman Shelby Warner completed the team total with a 81-81-82–244. Hannah Schneider shot an 87-86-93–266.

The University of Indianapolis used Tuesday’s best team score, a 314, to catch and tie Grand Valley State for first place. Both had 935 totals.

Ferris State followed Monday’s 313 with a 332 on Tuesday and fell back to fourth at 964. TEAM STANDINGS: 1, (tie) Grand Valley State (307-306-322) and University of Indianapolis (310-311-314) 935. 3, Findlay (319-314-316) 949. 4, Ferris State (319-313-332) 964. 5, California, Pa. (331-320-317) 968. 6, Ashland (328-313-329) 970. 7, Missouri-St. Louis (330-317-327) 974. 8, Drury (332-320-328) 980. 9, Southern Indiana (329-329-328) 986.

Hunt in 19th place EUREKA, Mo. — University of Findlay senior Marcus Hunt shot a 1-under par score of 71 on the second day of the NCAA Division II Midwest/Central Super Regional Tournament at the Fox Run Golf Club. Hunt, who is tied for 19th at the event with a 148, posted three birdies and two bogeys during his second round after carding a 77 Monday during the opening round. The tournament concludes today.

ONU names coach ADA — Former Wittenberg head coach Beth Hemminger has been named the first-ever head coach of the Ohio Northern women’s lacrosse program. Hemminger will take over the reigns of Ohio Northern’s new program, which will begin varsity play in the spring of 2016. Hemminger was the head coach at Wittenberg for the past three seasons and guided her teams to a 38-12 record and a perfect 22-0 league record during that time.

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