SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Freshman Krystal Knight (Groveland, Mass.) of the Merrimack College women’s golf team carded a three-round total of 234 at the NCAA Division II East Super Regional, as she concluded the tournament in 14th place out of 66 golfers on Wednesday in Springfield, Illinois.
Place: Krystal Knight (77-76-81-234) 14th
Event: NCAA Division II East Super Regional
Location: Panther Creek Country Club | Springfield, Ill.
What They Said
Head Coach Nick Crovetti: “Krystal performed very well at her first East Super Regional. She represented Merrimack College to the best of her ability, and I am happy and proud of her accomplishments this season.”
How It Happened
Knight made par six times and posted a pair of birdies during third-round action at the Panther Creek Country Club. The Groveland, Massachusetts, native recorded 29 pars and five birdies during the entire three-day tournament.
Knight showcased her confidence during day-one action, as she came out and carded a 77. The Biology major was not content with her great opening-day performance, as she decided to shave a stroke off it during the second round. She concluded the tournament by firing an 81 on Wednesday.
Knight averaged a team-low 78.0 strokes during the entire 2015-16 season, as she averaged the same mark during the East Super Regional. The freshman standout totaled 14 rounds in the 70s during the season.
She finished second among the six individual qualifiers, as she trailed Kasey Frazier (Wheeling Jesuit) by 10 strokes. Knight cleared third-place Nicolle Barmettler (Truman State) by two strokes.
The University of Indianapolis, Grand Valley State and Findlay qualified for the Division II National Championship, as the teams finished first, second and third overall, respectively. The 72-hole national championship will be held on Wednesday, May 18 – Saturday, May 21, at the CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, Colorado.
Knight made a valiant effort to qualify among the remaining competitors, as she finished in sixth place but she needed to crack the top-three in order to advance. The remaining field consisted of individuals from nine teams and the other five individual qualifiers from the East Region.
Knight finished only six strokes behind third-place Anastasia Carter (Southern Indiana). Frazier finished in second place with a 224, as she was the only individual qualifier to advance to the national championship. Ali Green (Ashland) finished first overall in the individual competition with a 213, which was the lowest total by any golfer in the tournament.
Knight’s rookie season was off the charts, as she collected all nine Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week awards. She also earned Golfer of the Week honors on three occasions. She finished in the top-15 overall in all 11 events during her outstanding rookie season, while making her way into the top-three on five occasions. She helped lead the Warriors to three first-place finishes during the fall, by firing 70s in nine rounds.
Individual Qualifier Scores
7. Kasey Frazier (Wheeling Jesuit U.) 224
14. Krystal Knight (Merrimack College) 234
T-18. Nicolle Barmettler (Truman State Univ.) 236
T-30. Jamie Ellison (Ohio Dominican University) 242
T-32. Ellen Mitchell (Drury) 243
T-38. Diana Munoz (Gannon) 247
1. U. of Indianapolis 895
2. Grand Valley State 912
3. Findlay 921
T-4. Ashland 937
T-4. Southern Indiana 937
6. Missouri – St. Louis 969
T-7. Lewis 973
T-7. Northwood (MI) 973
T-7. Trevecca Nazarene U. 973
10. California-PA 987
11. Illinois-Springfield 992
12. William Jewell Coll. 1016
- Warriors’ top-finisher in seven of 10 regular-season events, including a string of five consecutive earlier this season
- Compiled a streak of tallying 70s in 11 of 13 rounds earlier this season
- Warriors’ top-finisher in 12 regular-season rounds, including six of nine spring rounds
- At the Perry Park Spring Fling, fired two rounds of 75, which are tied for the lowest single-round totals by any Warrior during the spring season
- Fired a career-low round of 73 and a career-low two-round match score of 149 at the Lady Penmen Invitational in September en route to earning medalist honors for the first time in her career
- The mark of 149 is tied for the lowest two-round match score in program history, while the round of 73 is tied for the fourth-lowest single round in the program
- Finished second overall with a 78-75-153 ledger at the NE-10 Championship in September, while earning Outstanding Rookie of the Championship and all-conference first-team honors
- Named Corvias ECAC Women’s Golf Rookie of the Month for Division II during the month of March
- Helped the team break the program’s lowest single-round total on two different occasions this past fall
- The first time was at the Southern N.H. Dual (309) and the most recent came on Day 1 of the Lady Penmen Invitational (307)