LAKELAND, Fla. – In an unbelievably dramatic final round of NCAA Division II South Region golf, Lions' sophomore Clare Connolly came up one stroke shy of the national tournament, falling in a three-way playoff. Connolly shot a 76-78-73—227 for the tournament, posting an impressive average round score of 75.6 to place her tied for eighth individually.
Connolly showed incredible determination and focus in today's final round, at one point holing birdies on three consecutive holes on the back nine to completely turn her round around after position herself right back in the hunt.
Finishing her round around 12:00 p.m., Connolly had a nearly a three hour waiting period before she found out that there was a three-way tie for the third and final individual spot at the national tournament.
Kristen Sammarco of Armstrong Atlantic, Clara Teixeira of Rollins, and Connolly all finished with a three-round score of 227 (+11) and headed out to hole No. 18 for a three-way playoff.
Unfortunately, despite getting on the green in two shots, Connolly three putted to a bogey finish and was eliminated from the playoff after the first hole.