Ariel McNair, who took seventh place, carded the low round of the tournament with a 69 on Saturday
April 19, 2014
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Senior Ariel McNair (Aurora, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) shot a final round three-under 69 as the Xavier women’s golf team registered a team score of 304 on the final day to take fourth place at the 2014 BIG EAST Championships at the LPGA International Golf Course.
XU’s 304 team score was a 10-stroke improvement from their 314, recorded on day two of the event.
Seton Hall completed a wire-to-wire lead to win the team title. The Pirates, in just their fourth year as a varsity program, secure the BIG EAST's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Seton Hall will learn its destination in the regionals on Monday, April 28. The regionals take place May 8-10.
St. John's Harin Lee held off the field and claimed the 2014 BIG EAST individual title after gutting out a 6-over-par 78. She entered the day 4-over for the tournament and finished with a 54-hole score of 226 to card a 10-over for the tournament. It was Harin's second BIG EAST individual title. She claimed the 2011 title as a freshman after winning a playoff.
Nursing a 13-stroke advantage after 36 holes, Seton Hall had to fend off late charges from Georgetown, St. John's and Xavier. The Pirates finished with a three-round total of 928, ahead of the Hoyas in second with 935, St. John's in third at 937 and fourth place XU, which finished with 939 strokes.
Xavier, which entered the tournament as the top seed, showed why it had earned that distinction with a third-round 304 and was the day's biggest mover. McNair, who took seventh place, carded the low round of the tournament with a 69 on Saturday, which included four birdies and one bogey. Junior Abby Smith (Frankfort, Ky./Franklin County High School) took 11th place and finished with a three-round 236 (84-75-76) along with McNair's 230 (80-81-69) to lead the Musketeers' charge.
Sophomore Shane Crutchfield (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg) carded a final round 79 to wrap up the event in 12th place (81-76-79/236). Freshman Grace Howie (Calgary, Alberta, Canada/The Edge School) turned in a 10-over 82 on the day to take 16th place (77-82-82/241), while senior Christine Cash (Paducah, Ky./Heath High School) rounded out the Blue and White’s scorecard with an 80 to earn a share of 19th place (83-83-80/246).
Final Team Leaderboard
1. Seton Hall - 314-302-312 - 928 (+64)
2. Georgetown - 317-312-306 - 935 (+71)
3. St. John's - 320-315-302 - 937 (+73)
4. Xavier - 321-314-304 - 939 (+75)
5. Creighton - 324-322-326 - 972 (+108)
6. Butler - 327-319-333 - 979 (+115)