April 29, 2012

Women's Golf Completes Final Round of Northeast Conference Championship In 9th Place Out of 11 Teams

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Quinnipiac women's golf team finished in 9th place out of 11 teams at the Northeast Conference Championship at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Bobcats shot a combined 347 for the day and 1039 (344-348-347) for the three-day event, finishing ahead of Mount St. Mary's and St. Francis (N.Y.).

"This is a tough day of competition for this team," head coach John O'Connor said "Golf is unlike other sports in that it's not a reactionary process; it's one in which you have to stand over each shot, plan out your next move and execute each shot. On a day like today when you know your season is ending, you don't get the opportunity to dive for a play, run for a ball or slam dunk a ball. You need to be patient, compose yourself, remember all you final swing thoughts and then make impact with the ball that is just sitting there, all the time knowing this may be or is your last day of college golf."

2012 Northeast Conference Championship Final Results
Quinnipiac Women's Golf Individual Results 

Place         Name      Round 1          Round 2       Round 3 Final
T23 Kayla Ketcheson     82 (+10) 82 (+10) 80 (+8) 244 (+28)
37 Hannah Russell 85 (+13) 85 (+13) 87 (+15)   257 (+41)
44 Amanda Nagel       89 (+17) 89 (+17) 92 (+20) 270 (+54)
T48  Nicole Ferretti
95 (+23) 92 (+21) 90 (+19) 277 (+61)
T48 Jennifer Forlenza 88 (+16) 99 (+27) 90 (+19) 277 (+61)
 

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Kayla Ketcheson (St. Andrews, Manitoba) led the Bobcats for the third straight day, carding a team, tournament-best 80 on the final day of the conference championship. Ketcheson finished the tournament at 244 (+28) and tied for 23rd overall. Ketcheson shot identical 40's on the front and back nine to shave two strokes after back-to-back 82's on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Freshman Hannah Russell (Monson, Mass.) shot an 87 (42-45) to finish at 257 (+41) for 37th place.

The biggest turn-around from the second round to the final round came from Jennifer Forlenza (Wayn, N.J.), who bounced back from a 99 on the second day to card a 90 in her final round of the season. Senior captain Amanda Nagel (Greenwood, Minn.) shot a 92 to finish in 44th place at 270 (+54). Nicole Ferretti (Red Bank, N.J.) continued her trend of improving scores, shaving two more strokes off her second day tally. Ferretti shot a 95 on Friday, followed by a 92 on Saturday. On Sunday, she finished with a 90 to finish tied for 48th with Forlenza with identical scores of 277 (+61).

"It's not an easy task for the ladies that love and respect the sport and this opportunity to compete at this level while being extremely sad to see it end," O'Connor said. "They went out today and did the best they could, trying to focus on every shot through tears. They want to run, dive and slam dunk instead of feeling the end is near. They love this sport. They love their team. They love their university and they don't want it to end!"

LIU-Brooklyn jumped past Fairleigh Dickinson to capture the 2012 championship while Monmouth finished third ahead of Sacred Heart and Robert Morris to round out the top five. Saint Francis (Pa.), Central Connecticut State and Wagner finished ahead of the Bobcats while Mount St. Mary's and St. Francis (N.Y.) rounded out the field.

Contact: Ken Sweeten (kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu)