Kara McNulty alongside CC Executive Director Steve Ulrich.
ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women's golf team won its third consecutive Centennial Conference title, while junior Kara McNulty (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) provided some late drama by winning a playoff on the 18th hole to claim her second-straight individual title at the Hanover Country Club on Sunday.
Conditions were not nearly as good as the opening day with the golfers contending with wind, rain, and cooler temperatures throughout the round, but that didn't prevent Gettysburg from cruising to its fourth title in the last six seasons. After posting a tournament record 331 on Saturday, the Bullets turned in a team score of 346 in the final round to finish with a championship record 677. The mark was 14 strokes better than the team's score from 2012 and it beat runner-up McDaniel College by 24 strokes.
Gettysburg is the first school to win three-straight titles since McDaniel won five in a row from 2002 to 2006. The team received the conference's automatic qualifier to the national tournament and will compete at the NCAA Division III Championships on May 14-17 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.
Susquehanna University (728), Dickinson College (758), and Franklin & Marshall College (799) rounded out the top five in the team standings.
It took 37 holes to decide the individual champion. McDaniel's Morgan Koopman carded a 77 during round one and held a four-stroke lead over McNulty heading into the final round of play. The Bullet junior closed the gap in a hurry on the front nine, posting three birdies on her way finishing the day with an 80. Koopman bounced back on the final nine holes to finish with an 84 and tie McNulty at 161 for the tournament.
The 18th hole was chosen as the initial playoff hole. McNulty had recorded a pair of bogeys on the par-3, 175-yard hole, while Koopman had registered a par and a bogey during the tournament.
McNulty went off the tee box first with her drive bouncing onto the bottom edge of the green. Koopman's first two shot attempts were off target, but the McDaniel senior's chip shot out of the right bunker landed just a few feet from the cup to keep the pressure on.
After sizing up her putt, McNulty just missed putting the match away as the ball skirted the edge of the cup. She took her time on the following strike with the ball sinking cleanly into the hole for the win.
McNulty became the first repeat champion since McDaniel's Kelly Cramp won four titles from 2002 to 2005. The win was also her ninth individual victory as a Bullet, tying Merrill Fortier '08 for the program's career record.
Koopman became the fifth player to earn All-CC First Team honors in four consecutive seasons.
McNulty was joined on the all-conference team by two of her teammates. Senior Molly Nulty (Cortland, N.Y./Homer) logged an 84 on day two and finished the tournament in third place with a 166. Nulty was also an all-conference selection in 2011.
Sophomore Lauren Sobotka (North Caldwell, N.J./Mt. St. Dominic Academy) earned her second consecutive all-conference honor by tying Susquehanna's Emily Rowlands for fourth with a total score of 173. After posting an 82 in the opening round, Sobotka carded a 91 on day two.
All five Bullets finished in the top 10 as freshmen Kate Schwartz (Blairstown, N.J./North Warren Regional) and Alexandra Lane (Fairport, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy) placed seventh and 10th, respectively. Schwartz finished four strokes shy of earning All-CC accolades with a 177. She posted a 91 on Sunday. Lane logged a 92 in the final round to finish tied with McDaniel's Bridget McLaughlin with a total score of 182.
Reprinted from Gettysburg Official College Athletics site