STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (May 12, 2012) - FIU senior Katie Mundy capped an exceptional career with the Panthers, finishing tied for 46th place at the NCAA East Regional, held at Penn State's Blue Course in State College, Pa. Mundy's three-day total of 225 (74, 74, 77) landed her nine-over-par in the competitive field, tying her with five other golfers at that position.
Mundy, a native of Hampshire, England, placed in a tie for 69th on the third day, shooting a five-over-par, 77. She finished each of the first two day, tied for 24th.
Among the field, Mundy's nine-over-par bested eight nationally-ranked golfers, including #55 Mary Michael Maggio, Texas A&M (T51, +10); #75 Christine Wong, San Diego State (T51, +10); #21 Camilla Hedberg, Florida (T51, +10); #30 SooBin Kim, Washington (T59, +11); #53 Laetitia Beck, Duke (T65, +12); #99 Daniela Ordonez, Arizona State (T76, +14); #100 Noemi Jimenez, Arizona State (T83, +16); #90 Amy Ruengmateekhun, Oklahoma State (T87, +17).
Texas A&M's nationally-ranked Katerina Ruzickova topped the 126-golfer field with a three-under-par (67, 73, 73 - 213). South Carolina won the team event, scoring nine-over-par (288, 294, 291 - 873), beating out Texas A&M and Texas by five strokes. Advancing to the NCAA Championship finals were Kelsey Vines (Oklahoma State) and Margarita Ramos (Arizona). Ramos won a one-hole playoff over Michelle Koh (Campbell) to make next weekend's field.
Mundy had entered the NCAA's on the heels of her second-place finish in the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Championship, where the All-SBC selection led the first two days of the event before narrowly losing the individual title on a one-hole playoff in round three. On the year, Mundy led the conference with a stroke average of 73.96 through 27 regular season rounds. Her best finish was the second-place result in the SBC Tournament, in which Mundy shot a 1-under-par, 215 -- her best score of the year. She has twice shot a season-best, 3-under-par, 69, to tie her career-low for a round. Mundy posted seven top-20 finishes this season.
A total of 378 participants were selected for regional competition. Of those players, 126 advance to the championship finals. Eight teams and two individuals advance from each regional. The championship finals are next, held May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., and will be hosted by Vanderbilt.
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