Florida Southern Wins Fourth National Title; Iacobelli Earns Individual Medalist Honors

first_imgFlorida Southern Wins Fourth National Title; Iacobelli Earns Individual Medalist Honors Share May 12, 2007PACE, Fla. – For the fourth time since 2000, Florida Southern has claimed the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf National Championship. Top-ranked Florida Southern completed their victory after Saturday’s final round at Stonebrook Golf Club. Meanwhile, Daniela Iacobelli of Florida Tech earned individual medalist honors.”This was a great championship, and it means everything to us and our school,” said Florida Southern head coach Robbie Davis. “I’m thrilled to death because we worked so hard to win the prize.”After not qualifying as a team at last year’s national championships, Florida Southern claimed their 26th national championship in school history. The win also ended Rollins streak of four consecutive national championships.Despite shooting over 300 for the first time on Saturday, Florida Southern finished with a 36-over 1,188. Second-ranked Rollins made a late push in the final round, shaving five strokes off of the Florida Southern lead. The Tars finished second with a 46-over 1,198. Sixth-ranked Ferris State completed the tournament in third place with a 76-over 1,228.Rounding out the field was Drury (+85 1,237) in fourth place. Thirteenth-ranked Tarleton State (+100 1,252) placed fifth, while 27th ranked North Dakota (+103 1,255) earned a sixth place finish. Fourteenth-ranked Northeastern State (+124 1,276) ended the tournament in seventh place, and 42nd ranked Truman State (+143 1,295) was in eighth place.Iacobelli became the first golfer participating as an individual to earn medalist honors. After starting the day tied for first place, Iacobelli eagled the par five 10th hole and followed with a birdie on the par three 12th en route to the title. She finished the tournament with a five-over 293 (72-74-73-74).”It was very challenging because it was just me without the support of my teammates,” said Iacobelli. “After my round, I was pacing the clubhouse and preparing for a possible playoff by practicing on the putting green. The course was nice, but it was hard when it was hot. The greens were tricky and the pin placement was difficult.Another individual, Maria Garcia Austt of Nova Southeastern finished second with a six-over 294 (71-79-70-74). A pair of Florida Southern golfers earned the third and fourth positions. Lindsey Bergeon finished at seven-over 295 (72-74-74-75), while teammate Heather Burgner carded an eight-over 296 (75-72-74-75). Drury’s Tonya Choate, who started the final round tied for the lead, rounded out the top five with a nine-over 297 (76-72-71-78).”This was our ultimate goal, and it has been a long time coming,” said Bergeon. “We all picked up each other up when we needed to. The goal was to win as a team. I would trade in an individual title for a team title any day.Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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