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UIndy achieves its lofty goal

2015 Division II Women’s Golf

University of Indianapolis junior Brooke Beegle recalls an early conversation she had with her coach, Brent Nicoson. Beegle, who transferred to UIndy after two years at Purdue University, found out she and the coach shared an objective.

“When I came to coach’s office for a visit, we both said we wanted to win a national championship,” Beegle remembered. “But we knew it would be hard to do.”

As they predicted, the task proved difficult, but Nicoson, Beegle and the rest of the UIndy squad captured the Division II Women’s Golf Championship on May 16 at The Meadows Golf Course at Allendale, Michigan. The Greyhounds led after every round and recorded a 1,212 total to narrowly defeat Rollins College (1,217) and Lynn University (1,225), two schools that had combined to win seven of the past 12 finals.

The Greyhounds also impacted Division II women’s golf history.  Before this year, Florida-based teams had won all 15 of the championships since the event was first held in 2000.

The Greyhounds have won four consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference titles, four straight NCAA regional crowns and a national title, the first in any team sport at the Indiana school. Four UIndy golfers placed in the top 20 at The Meadows.

“This is a championship that can be shared not only by this current team, but our past teams that helped elevate our program to a new level and higher expectations,” Nicoson said. “I am so lucky to coach this group. They have been relentless in their pursuit to get better.”

The Results
2015 Division II Women’s Golf

TEAM RESULTS
1st: UIndy, 305-299-309-299 – 1,212
2nd: Rollins, 306-314-304-293 – 1,217
3rd: Lynn, 321-304-300-300 – 1,225

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1st: Brenna Moore, Midwestern St., 74-73-74-76 – 297
2nd: Madison Lellyo, Rollins, 70-78-78-73 – 299
3rd: Samantha Smolen, Lynn, 77-74-73-76 – 300

ELITE 89 HONOREE
Tavia Rutherford, Sioux Falls

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