Pioneers Improve in Final Round to Close Out Lubbock Regional

Pioneers Improve in Final Round to Close Out Lubbock Regional


LUBBOCK, Texas— The Sacred Heart women's golf team closed the program's first NCAA Regional with a third-round score of 311. The Pioneers continued to improve over the course of the tournament as they bested their second-round score by 12 stokes at the Rawls course on Wednesday. 

Senior Ellen Nighbor led the Pioneers scoring group, besting her round to score by one stroke at five-over par, she finished the tournament tied for 84th at 22-over par. Nighbor recorded 11 pars on the final day to go along with a birdie on the par-five second hole.

Fellow senior Stephanie Lowe had a stellar final round, picking up three birdies to finish four-over 76, she concluded the weekend 26-over par to finish 88th overall. Sophomore Chelsea Sedlar improved by one stroke in the final round as she finished six-over par to finish tied for 89th on the leaderboard at 28-over par.

Junior Abigail Hood completed the third round with a score of eight-over 81, finishing 93rd at 35-over par through the tournament. Hood picked up an eagle on the par-five second hole to go along with a birdie on the par-three sixth hole. Junior Alejandra Perez bested her second-round score by nine strokes as she carded a nine-over 81 on the final day, finishing 94th at 44-over par in the tournament.

The Pioneers finished the Regional with a three-round score of 974, improving by 10 plus strokes in both the second and third rounds. Arizona State claimed the team title with a score of 842 followed by Furman in second place at 863 and Oregon in third at 867. 

The Pioneers conclude their 2016-17 season with five first place finishes, including the program's first ever Northeast Conference title.