Lady Monarch Golf Clinches NCAA Tourney Bid
Harry Howard Jr. | Sports Editor
For the first time in the program’s 15-year history, the Lady Monarch golf team is going to the big dance. With their performance at the Verandah Club, they were able to win the Conference USA Championship. You could say it’s a year of firsts for the Lady Monarchs: head coach Mallory Hetzel’s first season and the school’s first women’s golf conference championship securing their bid to the NCAA tournament.
Maggie Simmermacher was one of three ODU golfers to finish in the top ten at -1 for the tournament which was good enough for a tie for runner-up. She shot 68 in the first round, 73 in the second and 74 in the final round. Katerina Vlasinova and Charlotte De Corte were the other Monarch golfers to place in the top ten with fourth and seventh place finishes.
Entering the final round of the tournament trailing Middle Tennessee by four shots, they went on to win by eight strokes. ODU shot +1 in the final round while the Blue Raiders weren’t able to close shooting +13. De Corte was the catalyst for the Lady Monarch comeback shooting -4 in the final round.
Both Simmermacher and Vlasinova were named to the C-USA All-Tournament team. Sana Tufail and Rachel Walker finished in 24th and 46th for the Lady Monarchs.
Coach Hetzel and her team will find out where they play next on April 27 at 11 a.m. during the NCAA Selection Show.
Final Team Leaderboard
- Old Dominion (+12)
- Middle Tennessee (+20)
- UTSA (+25)
- FIU (+30)
- Southern Miss (+32)
- WKU (+43)
- UAB (+43)
- UTEP (+45)
- Marshall (+52
- North Texas (+60)
- FAU (+64)