Lincoln, Calif.-----Erica Moston parlayed a day’s best six birdies into a one-under par 71 at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship West Regional into a trip to the NCAA Championships later this month.
Moston, a junior from Belmont, Calif., birdied five of the first nine holes including holes 6 through 8 on the par 72, Lincoln Hills Golf Club course. She was the only one in the 108-player field with five birdies on the front side in the final round. Moston, the Western Athletic Conference Player of the year, added her last birdie of the round on the 17th hole for her 71.
“Coach (John Dormann) helped me with a lot of my putts. He was with me pretty much the whole way,” said Moston, who tied for 13th place at two-over 218 and earned the second individual position from non-qualifying teams participating at the West Regional.
“I’m really excited. This, definitely, is the top accomplishment for me at San Jose State. As a team, we’ve come close, so I knew I could do it. It feels really good.”
Moston started the final round tied for 21st place and had to leapfrog five golfers from teams not likely to advance and others from teams that could falter over the last 18 holes.
“”Her short irons were awesome today. She hit a lot of good approach shots. From 150 yards in, she was phenomenal,” said Dormann. “I could tell on the driving range that her swing was right there and that this could be a really good.
“The pins were not that easy (today), but she was swinging so well that I told her to hit it at the flag, hit it at the flag.”
Moston's wedge fueled her birdie binge that started on #2 when she hit a wedge to 5-feet from the cup. A wedge on #3 left her with a 12-footer that she converted for her second birdie. A bogey on #5 preceded birdies on 6 through 8. Her wedge shot on #6 stopped a foot from the hole for a tap-in birdie. She converted a 15-foot, left-to-right downhill putt on #7 and two-putted from 45-feet on #8 to complete her front nine assault and ascent up the leaderboard. Her final birdie came at #17 to end a three-bogey occurrence over the first seven holes of the back nine.
As a team, San Jose State finished 16th with a 906 total, ahead of two nationally-ranked teams in the 21-team field and did not qualify for the NCAA Championships. The top eight teams led by Southern California with an 855 advanced.
Others advancing were Arizona State, 870; UNLV, 879; Arizona, 880; Oklahoma State and Arkansas, 882; Tulsa, 884; and UC Davis, 892. UC Davis won a one-hole playoff over Ohio State and Stanford to claim the final spot.
UNLV’s Therese Koelbaek and Arizona’s Alison Walshe shared medalist honors with 210 totals. Stanford’s Angela King claimed the other NCAA Championship individual berth with a 217, one stroke ahead of Moston.
The NCAA Women's Golf Championships take place in Albuquerque, N.M., on the University of New Mexico South Golf Course, May 20-23.
Final 54-hole results from the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships West Regional
Lincoln Hills Golf Club, Lincoln, Calif.
Par 72, 6,338 yards
1. Southern California 855
2. Arizona State 870
3. UNLV 879
4. Arizona 880
5. Oklahoma State 882
7. Tulsa 884
8. UC Davis 892*
Ohio State 892
11. Michigan State 893
12. California 897
13. Oregon 901
14. UC Irvine 904
15. Oklahoma 905
16. San Jose State 906
17. Brigham Young 907
18. Fresno State 908
19. North Carolina 914
20. Portland State 928
21. Oral Roberts 931
* - won a one-hole playoff for eighth place and the final berth from the West Regional to the NCAA Championships
1. Therese Koelbaek, UNLV 69-68-73-210
Alison Walshe, Arizona 68-73-69-210
3. Stefanie Endstrasser, Southern California 71-71-69-211
Azahara Munoz, Arizona State 69-71-71-2111
5. Jaclyn Sweeney, Oklahoma State 69-72-72-213
6. Kristin Ingram, Arkansas 73-71-70-214
Dewi Claire Schreefel, Southern California 71-70-73-214
8. Jennifer Osborn, Arizona State 72-72-71-215
9. Paola Moreno, Southern California 68-74-74-216
Belen Mozo, Southern California 73-73-70-216
11. Angela King, Stanford 73-73-71-217**
Stacy Lewis, Arkansas 69-76-72-217
13. Erica Moston, San Jose State 73-74-71-218**
Mary Jacobs, Arizona 76-71-71-218
Sydney Roughton, UC Davis 73-74-71-218
** - individual qualifiers from the West Regional to the NCAA Championships
Other San Jose State Scores
56. Katrina Delen Briones 75-77-76-228
69. Cristina Corpus 78-74-77-229
95. Kimberly Punyasavatsut 74-81-84-239
102. Kanika Minocha 87-77-80-244