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Lady Monarch Golfers Claim 4th Consecutive National Championship
71-76-73-74—294 (+6) 2nd Melanie Tipps
73-73-75-76—297 (+9) tied 10th Hope Thomas
The Methodist College women’s golf team fired a final-round 301 for a 72-hole total of 1,214 (+62) as the Lady Monarchs earned their fourth consecutive NCAA National Championship, finishing 50 strokes ahead of second-place Concordia (MN) at the 2001 NCAA-III National Championships at Hickory Point Golf Club (par 72, 6,100 yards).
77-79-80-77—313(+25) tied 15th Michelle Meadows
78-77-83-78—316 (+28) tied 17th Nichole Kentner
MC’s Carol Brogan (294) capped a stellar four-year career as she carded a final-round 74 (+2) for a 72-hole total of 294 (+6) and claimed the Individual National Championship with a three-stroke win over teammate Melanie Tipps who fired a 297 (+9).
The team win was the fourth consecutive NCAA Championship for Head Coach Kim Kincer’s Lady Monarchs and the second- consecutive 50-stroke win for Methodist College. The runner-up finish was Concordia’s second consecutive after finishing 51 strokes behind the Green & Gold last season.
The Lady Monarchs’ National Championship is the 4th consecutive NCAA title and the school’s 13th national crown overall. Before the NCAA began governing the Division-III women’s golf national tournament in 1996, Methodist earned nine National Golf Coaches Association national titles, including a string of five consecutive wins from 1991-95.
The individual national title marked Brogan’s first career win as she becomes the first Methodist College golfer (male or female) to be a part of four national championship teams. The individual title marked the 6th time that a MC women’s golfer has claimed the crown. Tipps also wrapped up an outstanding career for the Green & Gold with her second consecutive NCAA-III runner-up finish.
The Lady Monarchs tournament score of 1,214 shattered their own NCAA-II/III (1,254) and III (1,285) tournament records. Brogan’s 294 also broke both individual tournament records in Division- II/III set by Shanna Nagy of Florida Southern (301 in 1998) and Division-III set by Methodist’s Stacy Smith (316), last season’s national champion.
NCAA Division III’s 2001 National Champions!! L to R: Coach Kim Kince , Melanie Tipps, Nichole Kentne , Hope Thomas, Michelle Meadows, Carol Brogan.
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