DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Representing the Merrimack women's golf team's first-ever individual qualifier in the NCAA Tournament in the program's two-year history, sophomore Ali Reed (Westborough, Mass.) wrapped up her week in Daytona Beach, Fla., with a 10-over-par 72 to place 49th in the in the national tournament field.
After opening the tournament with a six-over-par on Wednesday, Reed shot an 81 and 82 on Thursday and Friday, respectively, before wrapping up her stint at the LPGA International Legends Course with another 82 on Saturday, rounding out her four-day total to 35-over-par (323) to finish inside the country's top-50 individual tournament participants.
Reed carded a three-over on the front nine to start her Saturday afternoon, using a stretch of four consecutive pars from holes 2-5 before doing likewise on the final three holes of the morning. The Westborough, Mass., native finished seven-over on the back nine, going even on four of the nine remaining holes to finish the day 10-over.
In the team competition, Nova Southeastern maintained its one-shot lead over Lynn, with Barry looming in third place. St. Edward's (+73) and Grand Canyon (+79) rounded out the top-five as the team championships entered the final five holes of the afternoon.
Reed's performance concludes a historic season for the women's golf program. Just two years old after its inaugural season in 2011-12, the Warriors reached new heights in 2012-13, including an ECAC Championship as well as the team's first-ever match victory back in the fall season.
With no seniors on the roster, Merrimack returns all of its core players under second-year head coach Nick Crovetti, who will look to bring the program to even greater heights in 2013-14.