LUBBOCK, Texas – The Oregon State women’s golf team shattered a school record and finished ahead of seven ranked teams at the NCAA Regionals on Wednesday, but narrowly missed out on advancing to the NCAA Championships.
The Beavers finished the three-day, 54-hole tournament with a 13-over 306-293-278—877 at the par-71, 6,593-yard Rawls Course, just two strokes behind Kent State in the fight for sixth place.
The top six teams at each NCAA Regional advance to the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Nationals.
It was an strong effort for first-year head coach Dawn Shockley and the Beavers. They were in 13th after the first day, moved up to 10th after the second day and had a record-breaking round on the final day.
Seventh place is Oregon State’s best finish at NCAA Regionals, bettering a 10th-place mark in 2001 and a tie for 10th in 1998.The Beavers finished ahead of seven ranked teams, including No. 2 UCLA.
The 10-under 278 in the final round crushed the single-round school record of 5-under 283, set at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in the spring of 2014.
Junior Susie Cavanagh was one of the top three individuals not on a qualifying team and earned a trip to the Nationals, which will be held May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms, in Sugar Grove, Ill.
The transfer from Connecticut fired a career-best 4-under 68 in the final round to finish in a tie for ninth place with a 1-under 76-71-68—215. Her previous best 54-hole score was a 4-over 220 at the Rose City Collegiate where she finished in a career-best tie for eighth.
Cavanagh is just the third Oregon State women’s golfer to advance to nationals as an individual, joining All-American Kathleen Takaishi in 1999 and Anica Yoo in 2015.
Olivia Benzin capped her sophomore season with a tie for 13th place after posting a 1-over 76-72-69—217. She had seven sub-par rounds, four top-10 finishes and six top-15 finishes, including a career-best tie for fourth place at the Pat Lesser-Harbottle Invitational this past fall.
Senior Elyse Smidinger came up with a big final round, firing a 3-under 69, to move 23 spots up the leaderboard and finish in a tie for 45th with a 9-over 78-78-69—225. Smidinger had to sit out last year after transferring to OSU from the University of Denver. She made the best out of her one season in Corvallis with five sub-par rounds, including a program-record 5-under 67 at the Rose City Collegiate.
True freshman Nicole Schroeder carded a pair of even-par 72’s in the final two rounds to finish in a tie for 41st place with an 8-over 80-72-72—224 and junior Hannah Swanson finished in a tie for 76th place with a 17-over 76-79-78—233.
Arizona (22-under 842), Furman (1-under 863), Oregon (3-over 867), Texas (5-over 869), Texas Tech (9-over 873) and Kent State (11-over 875) are the six teams to advance to NCAA Nationals.
Julienne Soo of Oklahoma (3-under 213) and Alex White of BYU (1-under 215) joined Cavanagh as the other two individuals to qualify for the National Championships.