Spiranac Ties for 19th at NCAA Central Regional
May 11, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - San Diego State's Paige Spiranac (Scottsdale, Ariz.) tied for 19th place on the individual leaderboard on Saturday to lead a trio of Aztec women's golfers during the final round of the 2013 NCAA Central Regional at the par-72, 6,298-yard Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. The SDSU sophomore carded an even 72 over the final 18 holes to finish the three-day event with a combined score of 3-over 219.
Spiranac found herself in early trouble following a double-bogey and a bogey on the fourth and fifth holes, respectively. However, the first-team all-Mountain West honoree completed the front nine with three birdies and a par to get back to even. After a pair of bogeys at No. 12 and No. 15, Spiranac closed with a rush, draining two straight birdies, including the longest hole on the course, the par-5, 545-yard 18th. With her performance, Spiranac posted the Aztecs' fourth-highest finish ever in regional play following Heather McRae (t-11th - 2010), Malin Enarsson (t-12th - 2011) and Hiroko Fukushima (18th - 1999).
In addition, Christine Wong (Richmond, B.C.) logged her lowest score of the tournament on Saturday, matching Spiranac's 72 to tie for the 35th position at 6-over 222. The SDSU senior turned in another steady round with 14 pars, while offsetting two bogeys with a pair of birdies. With her effort, Wong, the 2011-12 Mountain West women's golfer of the year and four-time all-conference selection, closed out her stellar collegiate career with her best 54-hole total in four consecutive regional appearances.
Meanwhile, Emma Henrikson (Malmö, Sweden) climbed four places on the leaderboard, tying for the 57th spot at 9-over 225 following a final-round 74. Despite finishing with a double-bogey, the 2012-13 MW Freshman of the Year managed to shave six strokes off of Friday's round with the help of three birdies.
Spiranac, Wong and Henrikson, who completed their rounds on Saturday before a two-hour lightning delay, were three of six players who received individual bids to the Central Regional. In addition, 24 teams were selected to play in the Central Region for a total of 126 golfers. The top eight teams and top two individuals from non-advancing teams from each regional qualify for the NCAA Championships, set for May 21-24, in Athens, Ga.
Third-ranked Duke (-13) shot a collective 12-under 276 on Saturday to overtake No. 4 and tournament host Oklahoma (-7) for the Central Regional title, while Mississippi State (+8), Florida (+13), Arizona State (+14), UC Davis (+16), Wisconsin (+19) and Michigan State (+20) earned a trip to the finals as well.
Individually, Mississippi State's Ally McDonald (-10) took home medalist honors with a five-stroke victory over Alejandra Cangrejo of Duke and Oklahoma's Emily Collins and AC Tanquay, who all tied for second at 5-under, while Lindy Duncan of Duke (-4) rounded out the top five. Wake Forest's Olafia Kristinsdottir and Ying Luo of Washington tied for eighth at 1-under to grab the two individual berths from the Central Regional in the NCAA finals.
NCAA Central Regional Championships Final Results Jimmie Austin OU G.C. Norman, Okla. Par 72, 6,298 yards
Individuals Leaders (Top 5 of 126) 1. Ally McDonald, Mississippi State 69-69-68--206 (-10) T2. Alejandra Cangrejo, Duke 72-69-70--211 (-5) T2. Emily Collins, Oklahoma 67-70-74--211 (-5) T2. AC Tanguay, Oklahoma 71-70-70--211 (-5) 5. Lindy Duncan, Duke 69-72-71--212 (-4)