Tigers Finish Third in the Nation for Second Consecutive Season

Tigers Finish Third in the Nation for Second Consecutive Season

HOUSTON, Texas—Wittenberg women's golf finished third in the nation at the NCAA National Championship for the second consecutive season on Friday. The Tigers fired a 312 as a team on the fourth and final round of the championship, carding a 1,229 as a team in the event.

Wittenberg's Macy Hubbard, who was named second team All-American by the WGCA on Wednesday, finished the tournament in second place for the third-consecutive season with a four-day total of 295. Bridgewater College's Christina Herbert carded a final round 74 to win the individual championship with a four-day total of 293.

Wittenberg's first-team WGCA All-American, Jane Hopkinson-Wood, took fourth place with a 297 and Margaret Loncki of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps tied Washington-St. Louis' Samantha Haubenstock for fifth place at 299.

As a team, the Tigers came on strong after round one, climbing from seventh place into fourth place. After holding on to fourth place in round two and three, the Tigers clawed their way up to third place for the second consecutive campaign.  Wittenberg utilized a clutch second round, carding a 298 as a team, led by Hopkinson-Wood's 69, and Hubbard's 71.

In the final round of play, Hubbard, Hopkinson-Wood and Madi Wolters came on strong, as all three Tigers carded final rounds of 75 for the red and white. Wolters final round propelled the freshman up the leaderboard, as the Centerville, Ohio native finished in 25th place overall.

Rhodes finished with a 301-300-306-310=1,217, winning their second consecutive National Title, edging out George Fox University by two strokes.

The four-day, 72-hole tournament was played on a par-72, 5,869-yard layout at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. This was the second straight year Bay Oaks hosted the championship. The field was cut to the low 15 teams and six individuals for the final round of the tournament for the first time in the history of the event. Twenty-two teams and six individuals played the first three days for a 116-player field. The 2017 Championship was the 18th conducted since the NCAA separated the Division II and Division III Women's Golf National Championships in 2000.