Foran Leads Jeffs to Third-Place Finish at NCAA Championships
Emily Foran, Meg Sullivan, Jeannie Limpert, Kathryn Kuchefski, Katie Gravel and head coach Michelle Morgan
May 17, 2002
S. HADLEY, MA – Behind a fourth-place individual showing by first-year phenom Emily Foran (Dallas, PA), Amherst College shot a final-round team score of 342 on Friday to finish third overall at the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships, hosted by Mount Holyoke College at the par 72 Orchards Golf Club.
Methodist College ran away with its fifth straight NCAA title with a four-day total of 1,310, (327- 339- 322- 322), 31 strokes ahead of Mary-Hardin Baylor's 1,341 (343- 344- 322- 332) and 74 strokes in front of Amherst's 1,384 (342- 361- 339- 342). The Jeffs were second at the conclusion of Tuesday's first round and dropped to third place on Wednesday, where they remained for the rest of the tournament.
"This is huge for us," noted Amherst head coach Michelle Morgan, who also guided the Jeffs' women's soccer team to the NCAA Championship game last fall. "It's like winning the national championship."
Foran's play was nothing short of spectacular. The precocious rookie was in contention throughout the week, opening with an 81 on Tuesday (good for third place individually), followed by a scorching 80 on Wednesday (which moved her into second place), another 81 on Thursday and a final-round score of 85 on Friday.
Sophomore Lynn Thompson of Thomas More College finished first overall with a four-day total of 312 (78- 80- 77- 77), earning Player of the Year honors from the National Golf Coaches Association. Mary-Hardin Baylor senior Rachele Miller finished second with a score of 319, followed by Mount Union College senior Meghann Glass' 324. Seniors Leighann Rastede and Angie Wengerd led Methodist with matching scores of 327, which tied them for fourth place overall with fellow senior Alicia Golembeski of Gustavus Adolphus and Foran.
Rookie Emily Foran was in contention throughout the week and finished fourth individually
Amherst sophomore Kathryn Kuchefski (Wellesley, MA) also fared well, finishing 22nd with a four-day total of 344 (85- 87- 84- 88), while junior teammate Katie Gravel (Manchester, ME) fired a 348 (83- 96- 84- 85) to finish 28th. Meanwhile, Amherst first-year Meg Sullivan (Northampton, MA) and junior Jeannie Limpert (Bethesda, MD) finished 50th and 56th, respectively.
Twenty NCAA Division III institutions were represented at the tournament. Ten teams of five golfers and 10 individual players from around the nation were selected for competition.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1) Methodist College (+158)
2) Mary Hardin-Baylor (+189 )
3) Amherst College (+232)
4) De Pauw University (+235)
5) Rhodes College (+248)
6) McMurry University (+249)
7) Wisconsin-Eau Claire (+250)
8) Buena Vista Univ. (+263)
9) St. Thomas, U. of (+265)
10) Illinois Wesleyan (+275)
AMHERST INDIVIDUAL FINISHERS
4) Emily Foran (+39)
22) Kathryn Kuchefski (+56)
28) Katie Gravel (+60)
50) Meg Sullivan (+81)
56) Jeannie Limpert (+98)