Merrimack’s Knight headed to NCAA Golf Championships

photo: Merrimack Athletics

OWENSBORO, Ky. – For the second time in school history, the Merrimack College women’s golf program will have representation at the NCAA Golf National Championships.

After shooting an eight-over 80 in the opening round, senior Krystal Knight put together an incredible charge over the final two rounds of the 2019 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf East Super Regional to qualify for nationals. She finished the three-day tournament tied for ninth with a second-day two-over 74 and a final ledger of one-over 73 to punch her ticket to Palm Beach Gardens in Florida next week.

Merrimack, which qualified for the super regional round as a team for the first time ever, finished the tournament in 11th place.

The Basics
Team Finish (Strokes/Place): 340-320-322—982 | 11th/12
Top Finisher: Krystal Knight (80-74-73—227/+11 | T-9th
Location: The Pearl Club | Owensboro, Ky.
Course Info: Par 72 | 5,989 Yards

How It Happened

  • Making its first-ever team appearance in the national tournament but fourth overall in the history of the program, Merrimack improved drastically in the second day, trimming 20 strokes off its opening round score before posting a four-player score of 322 on Wednesday to finish in 11th place.
  • Knight embodied that comeback best among all Warriors in Kentucky, improving by six strokes on Tuesday before punching her ticket to the national championship tournament with a one-over 73 on Wednesday. Her final line read 11-over 227 for the 56-round event and she earned her a slim lead among all five Warriors with an eight-over 80 score, good for a tie for 34th place at the conclusion of Day 1.
  • Rookie Jordan Laplume also was three strokes better on Tuesday and finished with a seven-over 79 on Wednesday, posting back-to-back scores in the 70s range to conclude her fantastic freshman season. She was tied for 30th on the individual leader board.
  • Senior Olivia Dempster was the third-best finisher for the Warriors, improving by nine shots on Tuesday with a nine-over 81 before finishing with an 87 on Wednesday. She concluded her career in 55th place, improving three spots after Monday.
  • Graduate student Nina Harrington also rallied for a stellar finish in the second and third rounds to finish in a tie for 58th. After an opening score of 91, she shot 87 on Tuesday before carding an 11-over 83 on Wednesday.
  • Sophomore Priscilla Hemway rounded out the field for Merrimack with back-to-back 90 scores to finish in 63rd place.

Individual Scores/Standings
T9th: Knight – 80-74-73—227/+11
T30th: Laplume – 81-78-79—238/+22
55th: Dempster – 90-81-87—258/+42
T-58th: Harrington – 91-87-83—261/+45
63rd: Hemway – 89-90-90—269/+53

Team Scores
1st: Findlay (303-291-301—895)
11th: Merrimack (340-320-322—982)

Up Next
Knight will head to the DII NCAA Women’s Golf Championship at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, to compete against the nation’s best golfers next Tuesday (May 14). The three-day event will conclude on Thursday (May 17).

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