DADE CITY, Fla. – The season may have come to an end, but Elizabeth Swallow capped a magnificent sophomore campaign with a 24th place finish at the NCAA South Regional Championship. Swallow, who is the first women's golfer to qualify for an NCAA South Regional, ended the three round tournament with a score of 231 after carding a 78 in the final round on Tuesday.
The Berkshire, England native got off to a slow start on the front nine, taking bogeys on five straight holes after registering a pair on the first hole. However, Swallow regrouped to finish the front nine with three straight pars for a score of 41.
She started the back nine with seven straight pars before registering a bogey on the par four 17th hole, her only blemish on the back nine. She finished with a back nine score one-over, 37, and carded a 78 in the final round.
Swallow started the tournament by shooting 80 in the first round before registering a one-over, 73 in yesterday's second round. She finished the tournament with a score of 231, placing her 24th in a field that had 49 golfers. The top three teams and top three individuals that are not on a qualifying team advanced to the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships next weekend.
Lynn University won the regional with Barry University taking second and Rollins College taking the final qualifying spot in third place. Individually, Ellen Chambers of Lynn and Marie Coors of Saint Leo University tied for the individual title at 218. Coors and Daisy-May Kenny (219) of the University of West Florida took the first two individual spots while Florida Institute of Technology's Johanna Larsson (224) won a playoff to take the final individual spot from the regional.
The conference Carolinas Player of the Year ends her stellar sophomore season with nine top-10 finishes, six top-5 finishes in 10 tournaments. Swallow also won four tournaments, including the Conference Carolinas Championship.