Shweta Galande advances to 3rd NCAA Women’s Golf Championship as an individual

UMSL senior women's golfer Shweta Galande

UPDATE: Galande shoots an 82 on day two of NCAA Championship

Senior Shweta Galande (pictured), of the University of Missouri–St. Louis women’s golf team, has earned a spot in the NCAA Championship for the third time in her career as the UMSL Tritons wrapped up play in the East Regional on Tuesday at the Joliet (Ill.) Country Club.

Galande tied for seventh place with a score of 236 (80-78-78) and was one of three individuals not with an advancing team to punch their ticket to the 2013 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships, which will be held May 15-18, at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The University of Indianapolis won the team title with a score of 924 and advances to the championship along with Ashland (Ohio) University (970) and California University of Pennsylvania (971), who finished second and third, respectively.

The other two qualifying individuals were Kasey Frazier of Wheeling (W.Va.) Jesuit University, who claimed medalist honors with her score of 229 (77-77-75), and Ali Reed of Merrimack College in Andover, Mass., who placed sixth with a 236 (75-82-78).

Galande also qualified for the NCAA Championship as a freshman in 2010 and as a sophomore in 2011.

As a team, the Tritons finished sixth in the regional for the fourth straight year, shooting a 982 (333-321-328).

Freshman Tayler Hoag tied for ninth place, shooting a 237 (84-76-77) and came up one stroke short of earning a spot at the NCAA Championship.

Sophomore Bailey Hopper tied for 36th place with a 254 (86-82-86), while junior Daniela Viotti tied for 41st place with a 261 (83-91-87). Junior Gabriela Murcia rounded out the scoring with a 43rd place finish, shooting a 263 (90-85-88).

Day one recap: Galande opens NCAA Championships with a 79; tied for 39th place after 1st round


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