Bulldogs Tie For 23rd At Central Regional

Jenna Peters (Photo by Clare Cornelius)

NORMAN, OKLA. -- Butler's bid to climb in the final team standings stalled in the final round and the Bulldogs wound up tied for 23rd at the NCAA Central Regional, which wrapped up on Saturday (May 11).  It was the second straight year that Butler finished 23rd at the NCAA Regional.

The Bulldogs began the final round at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in 23rd place, seven strokes behind Lamar in 22nd place and four strokes ahead of Detroit in the 24th spot.  But Lamar and Detroit both made moves in the lightning-delayed final round, and Butler wound up where it started.

Sophomore Jenna Peters paced Butler's NCAA bid with a 54-hole score of 226.  She shot Butler's best NCAA Tournament round with a 71 on the first day and then posted rounds of 78 and 77 on the final two days.  Her three-round score, which was the best recorded by a Butler golfer in NCAA Tournament play, placed her in a tie for 62nd place in the final individual standings.

Sophomore Isabella Lambert opened the tournament with a 79 and then posted back-to-back rounds of 80 to finish in a tie for 112th place with a three-round score of 239.  Seniors Julia Porter and Ali Arends tied for 119th place with final scores of 255.  Porter carded rounds of 79, 85 and 80, while Arends posted a 76 in the opening round and then finished with back-to-back rounds of 84.

Junior Ali Restaino rounded out Butler's squad with a 54-hole score of 257.  She placed 124th with rounds of 86, 84 and 87.

The Bulldogs opened the Central Regional with a school NCAA Tournament record total of 305, before slipping to 326 in the second round.  Butler closed the tournament with a 321 for a 54-hole score of 952.  Detroit rallied in the final round with a team score of 317 to tie Butler.   

Duke captured the Central Regional title with a team score of 851, while host Oklahoma placed runner-up six strokes back.  Ally McDonald of Mississippi State took medalist honors with rounds of 69, 69 and 68 (206).