Florida Tech Clinches Spot In Quarterfinals at NCAA Championship, Panthers Enter As No. 1 Seed

By  //  May 17, 2019

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NCAA Quarterfinals open Friday morning at 7:30 a.m.

The Panthers will face No. 8 seed Findlay to start the action Friday morning. (FIT Image)

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA – Spectacular. It is just one of the words to describe the amazing scene at the 18th hole at the end of round three of the NCAA Championship as the Florida Tech women’s golf team clinched their spot in the national quarterfinals as the No. 1 seed.

On a day when the rest of the field was challenged and thwarted by the Champion Course at PGA National, the Panthers showed their grit. After getting off to slow start, Tech was able to refocus and attack the course the rest of the way for a team card of 305 (+13), the best score of the day by nine strokes.

The Crimson & Gray finished with a three-round total of 923 (+47) and edged out California State San Marcos, who ended second at +51. Indianapolis placed third at +55, while Barry and SW Oklahoma State tied for fourth at +62.

This will be Florida Tech’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals. The quarters, semifinals and finals will be completed in match play on Friday and Saturday between the top-8 seeds at the end of the third round.

The Panthers will face No. 8 seed Findlay to start the action Friday morning.

The remaining three quarterfinal matchups are as follows: No. 2 seed Cal State San Marcos vs. No. 7 Dallas Baptist; No. 3 seed Indianapolis vs. No. 6 Limestone; and No. 4 seed Barry vs. No. 5 SW Oklahoma State.

Cal State San Marcos’ Jamie Jacob was crowned the NCAA individual national champion after finishing first on the leaderboard at even par after the three rounds. She squeaked out the win over Gloria Choi (+1) of SW Oklahoma State, while the Lucy Eaton (+3) earned the bronze medal and Noelle Beijer (+4) tied for fourth.

Eaton went +2 for the round, including an eagle on hole 10 and a pair of birdies, to record her seventh consecutive top-7 result at a tournament. She finished at +3 over the three days with a combined total of 222 (77-70-75).

Beijer had a terrific round for the Panthers, tallying five birdies to close out with the lowest score of the day at -1. The sophomore ended +4 with a 223 (73-78-72) for the three rounds.

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Paola Ortiz went +5 and Megan Dennis shot +7 on Thursday, and the Panther duo each concluded the three days with a total of 244 (+25).

Lauren Watson posted an 88 during the third round and ended with a completed card of 249 (+30) and in a tie for 70th.

The NCAA Quarterfinals are set to commence Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. at PGA National. Florida Tech and Findlay will tee off their match at hole 1.

For the latest news, updates and information on the Florida Tech women’s golf team, visit FloridaTechSports.com.

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