Courtesy of Aurora University
AURORA, Illinois -- For the second consecutive years, the Aurora University women's golf team will represent AU and the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference in the 21-team 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship, held Tuesday, May 10 through Friday, May 13 at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.
AU, the winner of the NACC championship last fall, is making its second overall NCAA tournament appearance and is one of 17 teams from conferences granted automatic qualification into the tourney. The remaining four teams were selected on an at-large basis from conferences and the remaining independent institutions. Six individuals, not from selected teams, also were chosen for the championship.
The championship will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently. The tournament consists of 72 holes of play over four days of competition. In the team competition, the low four scores from each team for each day will count in the team's total score.
Representing AU and competing for head coach Justin Wyeth in the NCAA Championship meet is junior Kara Smith (Aurora, Illinois / West Aurora H.S.), sophomores Victoria Phipps (Oswego, Illinois / Rosary H.S.), Nikki Funk (Aurora, Illinois / Oswego East H.S.) and Kayla Bednarski (Grasslake, Michigan / Grasslake H.S.) and freshman Lauren Anderson (Batvia, Illinois / Batavia H.S.).
Anderson has the team's low scoring average at 88.0 strokes, followed by Phipps at 89.4 and Funk at 90.3.
In 2015, Williams College won its first NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship with a score of 1,263 at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, after finishing third in 2014. Runner-up honors went to Wittenberg University (1,281). Washington U.-St. Louis finished third (1,285) Texas-Tyler was fourth (1,289). Mary Hardin-Baylor senior McKenzie Ralston earned medalist honors with a four-shot victory over Wittenberg's Macy Hubbard.
AU finished 21st in the 2015 NCAA Championship with a four-day score of 1,620 (410 / 392 / 421 / 397).