The University of Missouri–St. Louis women’s golf team will tee off in the NCAA Division II Championships for the fifth time in program history. The 25th-ranked Tritons, who previously made the NCAA Championships in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022, are hosting this year’s tournament, which kicks off Tuesday at Fox Run Golf Club in Eureka, Missouri. They booked their place in the 26-team field by finishing in sixth place at last week’s 15-team East Regional, played at Panther Creek Golf Club in Springfield, Illinois. The Tritons turned in a 54-hole score of 929 and advanced to the National Championships along with Findlay, Indianapolis, Grand Valley State, Wayne State and Tiffin. UMSL golfers Tove Brunell and Wilma Zanderau each finished in a tie for 15th individually with three-round totals of 225. Gabby Woods took medalist honors will leading Findlay to the team championship. Woods beat Indianapolis’ Elyse Stasil and Wayne State’s Rebeca Vestman on the first playoff hole after all three finished with totals of 214. For information about the NCAA Championships, visit UMSLTritons.com.
The 21st-ranked Tritons saw their season came to an end when they finished in 17th place Saturday in the NCAA Midwest/Central Regional at The Bridges Golf Course in Winona, Minnesota. The Tritons finished with a 54-hole total of 894, including a final-round 298. Senior Juan Antonio Padilla was UMSL’s top individual finisher, tying for 15th with a total of 218. Joel Sylven, the medalist at last year’s NCAA Division II Championships, settled for a tie for 30th place with a total of 221 in his final collegiate tournament. Grand Valley State won the regional title with a total of 5-over-par 857, finishing 18 strokes ahead of runner-up Missouri S&T. Both of those teams along with Maryville, Washburn, Henderson State and Southern Arkansas advanced to the NCAA Championships, to be held May 22-26 at Avalon Lakes in Warren, Ohio.
UMSL’s season ended with a 4-3 loss to Saginaw Valley State in 12 innings on Friday in an elimination game in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional at the Grand Valley State Softball Field in Allendale, Michigan. Maddie Campagna’s two-out bloop hit into shallow right field drove in Sarah Gersch with the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th, and the Tritons only managed a two-out single by McKenzie Lamos in the bottom half of the inning before Megan Brown popped out to third to end the game. Lamos had three of UMSL’s 10 hits in the game. The Tritons were facing elimination after a 2-1 loss to host Grand Valley State in Thursday. Brown homered in that game for UMSL’s only run. Annie Scaramuzzi held the Lakers to two runs on four hits in six innings in the circle. Scaramuzzi helped keep the Tritons’ season alive Friday by pitching them to a 5-2 victory over Ohio Dominican, and she supplied an RBI single and scored a run in a three-run seventh. Scaramuzzi also tossed eight innings against Saginaw Valley State before giving way to Mimi Bradley. Bradley held the Cardinals to three hits while striking out three in four innings, but one unearned run proved decisive.