No. 16 Kent State Women’s Golf Ends Run in National Quarterfinals
STILLWATER, Okla.- The Kent State University women’s golf team finished in a tie for fifth at the NCAA National Championship, falling Tuesday in the quarterfinals match play round to two seeded Alabama, 4-1.
The Golden Flashes completed a fantastic run at the NCAA National Championship. Kent state also became the first program to ever advance to match play of the women’s golf championship two-straight years from outside of
the “Power 5” Conferences.
“We felt it was a very solid tournament, and we’re really happy with the way they played and competed,” said head coach Greg Robertson. “It was a great experience to make it to match play again and to put ourselves in a
position to win a National Championship. We just ran into a strong Alabama team in the quarterfinal match.
Tuesday’s match play stayed pretty even early through seven holes with Kent State in striking distance of going up, but the Crimson Tide led four of the five matches at the turn with Stephenson notching the first win followed
by Moresco. Karoline Stormo was the only Flash to secure a point for Kent State, taking her match-up by two holes. On the No. 11 hole, Stormo drained a 25-foot birdie putt to go 4 up. Her par on 17 secured the victory.
The match was a 4-1 victory in Alabama’s favor:
1. Pimnipa Panthong lost to Lauren Stephenson 3&2
2. Michaela Finn lost to Kristen Gillman 2&1
3. Karoline Stormo def. Lakareber Abe 2&1
4. Chloe Salort lost to Angelica Moresco 5&3
5. Kory Nielsen lost to Cheyenne Knight 4&3
Pimnipa Panthong was defeated 3&2 by Alabama’s Lauren Stephenson. The first six holes, Alabama was at a reachable 1 up but fell four holes behind at the turn. Michaela Finn dropped the first hole against Kristen Gillman,but came back and even the match through five holes. Finn dropped to two down at the final half and fell 2&1. Kory Nielsen fell to Cheyenne Knight 4&3. Nielsen dropped the first hole but tied the match with a birdie on the No. 5 hole. Despite the effort of coming back, Nielsen lost two of the last four holes on the front nine. Chloe Salort was matched up with Angelica Moresco. Salort was even through two, but trailed by four through six holes and fell 5&3.
The Flashes earned their quarterfinal spot after 54 holes of stroke play. Kent State ranked in the top-10 for the whole tournament and went on to secure the seventh seed in match play. Kent State tied the program’s all-time best finish and had the third-best scoring average.
“We’re very proud of this team with how hard they worked and the way they played all year.” Said Robertson. “As well as they performed on the golf course,