Women's Golf Back to Nationals

Women's Golf Back to Nationals
The Buccaneers women's golf team qualified for the NCAA Championships for a third straight year after finishing as the runner-up at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional. Photo by Nicole Autrique

DADE CITY, Fla. -- Barry University women's golf team is headed back to the NCAA Division II National Championships for a third consecutive year.

The Buccaneers finished second at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club. The Bucs shot 297 in Tuesday's final round on the par-72, 6,120-yard course for a three-day score of 896. Lynn won the tournament at 881, and Rollins was third at 901.

The top three teams and three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to the NCAA Championships May 14-17 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, North Carolina. 

Barry's Nancy Vergara shot 74 in the final round to finish tied for fifth at 221. She birdied the par-3 seventh, giving her seven in the 54-hole event. It is her third straight top-10 and second top-5 finish in the last three events. 

Maria Paola Fiorio shot par Tuesday, using four birdies to finish in a three-way tie for eighth at 224. She had eight birdies in the tournament. It is Fiorio's fifth top-10 finish of the season and second in the past three tournaments. She shot par or better for the fourth time this season.

Nicky Ferre tied for 14th at 226, shooting 75 in the third round. She had three birdies Tuesday, and finished with five in the regional. She had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13 and 14, par-5 and par-3 holes, respectively.

Martina Bertuccioli finished in a tie for 17th at 227 after shooting 76. She had two birdies to cap the tournament with five -- all on the final two days. It is Bertuccioli's fifth top-20 finish of the season.

Daniela Murray tied for 24th at 231 after shooting 76 in the final round. She birdied the par-5 11th to finish with six at the regional. Murray has finished in the top 25 in her last three events.

Lynn's Ellen Chambers and Saint Leo's Marie Coors shared the individual co-medalist honors at 2-over 218. Coors will be joined by West Florida's Daisy-May Kenny, who finished third at 219, and Florida Tech's Johanna Larson, who won a one-hole playoff with Florida Southern's Emily Rymer, to compete as individuals at the NCAA Championships. Larson and Rymer tied with Fiorio for eighth at 224.