LUBBOCK (SMU) - The SMU womenís golf team saved its best for last, but it was not enough as the Mustangs finished their season tying for 11th at the NCAA Division I Womenís Golf Central Regional at The Rawls Course. SMU carded a team 298, 15 strokes better than its second-round effort, but came up short in its bid to finish in the top eight and advance to the NCAA Championships. Standing in 19th place after round one, SMU steadily moved up the leaderboard, but could not overcome its early struggles.
Freshman Lacey Jones was a bright spot for the Ponies as she carded a 76-75-75-226 in the 54-hole event to tie for 20th. Jennifer Ackerson also rebounded to fire a 71 on the final 18 to finish at 227 and tie for 26th. Kristina Rothengatter was steady throughout the event, going 77-78-77-232 and tying for 49th. Laura Cross, who qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual a year ago, never quite got on track in Lubbock and finished at 80-81-75-236 and tied for 68th. Ashley Deatherage rounded out the SMU team with an 86-86-85-257 to place 103rd.
Diana Ramage fired a 5-under par 67 in the final round of the on Saturday to claim medalist honors and lead Auburn to the regional title. Texas A&M finished seven strokes back in second place. Joining Auburn and Texas A&M at the NCAA Championships are Missouri and Arizona State, who finished third and fourth, respectively. Tulsa and Purdue tied in fifth, while Michigan State and Arkansas claimed the final two spots.
Round one leader Texas finished one stroke out of eighth, narrowly missing its eighth-straight team appearance at the NCAA Championships. LSU followed in 10th, while Kent State and SMU tied in 11th place. Round two leader Baylor turned in the second-highest round of the day at 320 and tied with New Mexico in 13th place. Michigan, tournament host Texas Tech, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, TCU, South Florida and Long Island rounded out the field.
Ramage, who shot 4-under par for the tournament, turned in the tournamentís two lowest rounds, including a 4-under 68 in the first round. Her final round total allowed her to bounce back from a 5-over 77 in the second round. Arizona Stateís Louise Stahle, the nationís top-ranked player entering the event, finished seven shots back of Ramage in second place. Texasí Lisa Ferrero claimed one of two individual slots that will advance to the NCAA Championships in Sunriver, Ore., in two weeks. LSUís Brooke Shelton defeated Michiganís Brianna Broderick in a one-hole playoff for the final individual slot.