LAKELAND, Fla. – University of Montevallo’s Emily Gibson (Toronto, Canada/North Toronto Collegiate) became the first golfer in UM history to advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships as she shot a 73 in the final round of the NCAA Super Regional. The top three teams and top three individuals not on those teams advance. Gibson finished as the second individual not on one of the top three teams. She shot a three-round score of 226 good for 10-over par and tied for 12th overall.
Gibson will travel to The Meadows in Allendale, Mich. May 11-14 for the National Championships. She is the only Peach Belt Conference golfer to advance to the finals. Katja Dammann from UNC Pembroke was the next highest PBC finisher with a three round score of 233.
Three Sunshine State Conference schools took the top three team spots. Nova Southeastern finished first with a score of 875. Rollins came in second at 888 and Florida Southern finished third at 892.
The three individuals advancing to the NCAA Championships are Rita Kim of Belmont Abbey who finished tied for sixth, Gibson who finished tied for 12th and Mary Tunnell from Carson-Newman who finished in 14th.
Gibson who is ranked 39th by Golfstat finished ahead of seven players who were ranked higher in the standings including #13 Nicole Whitmore of Nova Southeastern and #14 Silvie Dittertova of Florida Southern.
Gibson will open NCAA play on Wednesday, May 11 in Allendale, Michigan.