Posted by Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:
Consistent play was the hallmark of the Sonoma State women’s golf team this season and the Seawolves played their best when it counted most.
Finishing fifth in the NCAA Division II Championship was a strong showing for the nation’s 14th ranked team.
Sonoma State’s women qualified for the national championships in just the program’s third year. A year ago, Sonoma State reached the NCAA Division II West Regional, where the team’s season ended.
Playing strong throughout this season, Sonoma State won three tournaments and finished second in three others. Sonoma State never finished lower than fifth, as the Seawolves did again last weekend in the National Championship Tournament at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.
The Seawolves and every other team were well back of Nova Southeastern, which blew out the 12-team field to win its second straight national title. Sonoma State finished ahead of several higher ranked teams.
Low scorer for Sonoma State was Spencer Heller, who shot 77-76-73-77–303, placing her 10th. All-American Brittany Carrera posted a 79-76-77-74–306 for a 13th place finish.
The remaining Seawolves were Chelsa Helget (78-79-79-81–317, 36th), Tara Mortimeyer (74-77-76-86–323, 47th), and Tess Russell (79-76-88-81–324, 49th).