LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Monmouth University senior Michelle Rosenhouse (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West) registered her career-best finish at a conference tournament, earning a share of second overall with her 54-hole score of 242, as the Monmouth University women’s golf team concluded the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships in fourth place.
“I was really pleased with our performance this weekend,” commented first-year head coach Susan DeKalb. “I thought our players did a great job, especially Michelle and Lizzie for finishing in the top-10. We had a very good showing and I am happy with the way we competed.”
Rosenhouse opened Championship Sunday with a 40 on the front-nine before posting a 39 on the back-nine to card a 79 in the final round, three strokes back of Siena’s Kylie Strijek who claimed medalist honors. Rosenhouse, playing in her final collegiate event, improved her score in all three rounds to end the tournament with a 242 (82-81-79) and second place result, erasing her career-best finish at a championship of fourth overall set at the 2012 Northeast Conference Championships. Elizabeth Abbondandolo (Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) claimed a piece of 10th with her 250 (86-81-83), her first career top-10 finish at a conference event. Ashley Navin (Ware, Mass./Quabbin Regional) climbed to 22nd overall with a third round 83 to total 260 over the three days, two strokes in front of Macy Raimo (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central) who turned in rounds of 84, 87 and 91. Rebecca Gaona (Howell, N.J./Howell) notched her second-straight round of 89 to end the 54-holes with a 268 (90-89-89).
Siena cruised to the team title and a berth in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The Saints turned in a 978 over the three days, 27-strokes in front of second-place Quinnipiac which finished two shots in front of Albany which posted a score of 1007. The Hawks carded rounds of 342, 336 and 334 to edge both Hartford and Fairfield which each totaled 1016. Niagara rounded-out the seven-team field with a 1034.
DeKalb, who signed four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent in the fall, welcomes back three letterwinners to next year’s squad.