Williams women take fifth in NCAA Division III golf meet


DESTIN, Fla. -- The Williams College women's golf team fell short of its goal of finishing in the top four and earning a team medal, but the Ephs did equal last year's fifth-place finish in the NCAA Women's Division III golf tournament Friday at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

In addition, junior Georgiana Salant, who was named the program's first first-team All-American on Wednesday, finished fifth in the individual competition behind Laura Lindsey of Tyler at Texas.

In the men's competition, junior Cody Semmelrock, playing as an individual after the Williams team missed the 36-hole cut, finished in a tie for 32nd with a 300 total after a final-round 79.

The women combined for a 325 total in the final round of the 72-hole event at the Baytowne Course to lose ground to the four teams ahead of them. Williams finished at 1,282, 15 shots behind fourth-place George Fox (Ore.) University and 23 shots behind third-place Methodist University.

Mary Hardin-Baylor totaled 311 for the third consecutive day after a 306 total in round one to defeat Texas at Tyler by eight shots with a 1239 total. The Crusaders' victory ended Methodist's 15-year reign as Division III champions.

Sophomore Paige Whidbee led the way for Williams in the final round with an 8-over 80. Salant struggled on her final nine and finished with an 81. Her 310 total left her 14 shots behind Lindsey. Junior Emily Wickstrom had an 81 and sophomore Shelby Shote shot 83 to round out the scores that counted.

Senior co-captain Becky Miller, an admired team leader during her four years at Williams, shot an 87 in her final round.


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