SUGAR GROVE, ILL. – Over the final 36 holes of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship, Nadine White of Campbell University moved up 35 places on the leader board and finished in a tie for 57th after Monday's final round of the stroke play tournament. White shot a one-over 73 and finished at 17-over 233 for the event (83-77-73—233).
No golfer in the 132-player field finished at even par or better. Medalist Monica Vaughn, the 18th-ranked player in the country, from Arizona State finished at one-over 217 (74-72-71). Top-ranked Leona Maguire of Duke (77-71-70—218) and No.-3 Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest (74-70-74—218) tied for runner-up honors on the par-72, 6343-yard Rich Harvest Farms layout.
The top eight teams in the 24-school event will advance to the match play portion of the Championship. No.-12 Northwestern (301-298-298—897) finished first, followed by top-ranked Stanford (311-298-296—905), Arizona State (311-309-289—909) and Ohio State (311-299-303—913). Southern California (315-303-296—914) and Florida (320-302-292—914) tied for fifth, but the Trojans earned the tiebreaker and be the fifth seed. Baylor was seventh (311-300-306—917), while Kent State claimed the final spot (303-304-312—919), edging ninth-place North Carolina by one stroke (314-310-296—920).
White, who qualified for the NCAA Championship as an individual after finishing in an eighth-place tie at the Albuquerque Regional, finished ahead of 19 golfers ranked in the nation's top 100. The top-ranked amateur in Australia and No.-79 in the world, White stands 85th nationally among NCAA Division I golfers, according to Golfstat. She participated in her third NCAA Championship after Campbell qualified as a team for the 2014 and 2015 tournaments.
"It was a lot better out there than the first two days," said White, the 2016 Big South champion and 2017 runner-up after she set a league and school record with a 7-under-par 65 in last month's conference tournament final round. "I went out there and had nothing to lose, hit some close and made some long putts. It felt really good out there today."
White's final round included four birdies and she finished with 3-straight pars, including one on her closing hole, the par-four, 372-yard, ninth hole.
"Today was an excellent day," said Campbell head coach John Crooks, who has guided his team to 20 NCAA post-season trips in the last 25 years. "It started well; Nadine found a little something on the practice tee that really made a difference in her ball striking. The stronger her ball striking got, the better she putted. I think it's fair to say with today's round as good as it was, Nadine went out in style."
Both the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Golf Championships are being held at Rich Harvest Farms and hosted for the first time by Northern Illinois University. The women's championship continues with team match play through Wednesday, followed by the men's championship, May 26-31.
Named one of America's 100 greatest golf courses by Golf Digest Magazine, Rich Harvest Farms was the site of NCAA Men's Regionals in 2007 and 2014. In addition, the 2009 Solheim Cup, 2015 Palmer Cup and 2015 WGA Western Amateur were all played at Rich Harvest Farms.