Women’s Golf Wraps Up Season with 16th Place Finish at NCAA East Regional
Germino leads team performance with one-under 71 on Saturday
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Kent State women's golf team concluded its 2012 campaign Saturday with the team's 16th place finish at the NCAA East Regional, hosted by Penn State University at the Blue Course.
The Golden Flashes combined for a team score of 301 on Saturday, but it was not enough to move into the top eight teams in the 24-team field. Kent State finished one stroke out of a tie for 14th place, five strokes from 12th and missed the cut by 19 strokes.
Saturday's conditions were the best of the weekend for Kent State, as the Golden Flashes teed off at noon with near cloudless skies and little wind.
Senior Mercedes Germino (Necochea, Argentina) was the team's top finisher on Saturday, shooting a one-under 71 thanks to two birdies to just one bogey on the day. Germino concluded the event with a four-over 220, finishing in a tie for 14th place and two strokes out of qualifying individually for the NCAA Championship.
Fellow senior Mandi Morrow (Kent, Ohio) shot a five-over 77 on Saturday to finish second on the team and tied for 51st place with a 10-over 226. Morrow was able to birdie the par 5 No. 5 as well as chip in from a bunker on No. 14 to aid her cause.
Freshman Jennifer Ha (Calgary, Alberta) posted a four-over 76 in the final round, bolstered by a trio of birdies. Ha tied for 65th overall with a 12-over 228.
Senior Shamira Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio) tallied a five-over 77 on Saturday to finish tied for 93rd place, while sophomore Erin Hawe (Walton, New Zealand) wrapped up the team's effort with a six-over 78.
South Carolina won the East Regional by five strokes, while Texas A&M's Katerina Ruzikova was the medalist thanks to a three-under 213.