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Babos Earns Spot in NCAA II Women's Golf National Championships


HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, FL -- Catawba junior Kelsey Babos (Uniontown, OH/Lake HS) shot a final round 75 on Tuesday and held on to a fifth place finish at the NCAA II Southeast Region Women’s Golf Tournament at the 6,165-yard, par-72 Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort.  Her finish qualifies her for the NCAA II National Championships on May 13-16 at Findlay, OH.  Babos is the first Catawba women’s golfer to qualify for the Nationals.

Babos finished the tournament with a score of 226, one shot ahead of Newberry’s Maria Luz Besio and Florida Tech’s Daniela Iacobelli, who had a playoff for the final spot.  Iacobelli advanced on the fourth playoff hole.  Pfeiffer’s Charlene Reid, who finished on a total of 224, also qualified. 

After a shaky opening on Sunday, +7 after seven holes, Babos played just three-over-par over her final 47 holes.  The junior had four bogeys on her final nine holes on Tuesday, but collected a key birdie on the par-5 14th that paved the way for her top five finish.

NCAA II South Regional
Final Team Standings
1. Nova Southeastern 309-291-312=912
2. Florida Southern 302-311-302=915
3. Rollins 319-297-302=918
4. Belmont Abbey 310-324-321=955
5. Barry 330-325-311=966
6. Lynn 324-327-326=977
7. Pfeiffer 328-333-329=990
8. West Florida 339-337-332=1008
9. Wingate 328-343-340=1011
* Top three teams qualify for NCAA II National Championships

Final Individual Standings
1. Sandra Changkija, Nova SE 73-69-73=215
2. Heather Burgner, Florida So. 70-72-77=219
3. Charlene Reid, Pfeiffer 73-75-76=224
4. Taylor Collins, Nova SE 77-74-74=225
5. Kelsey Babos, CATAWBA 78-73-75=226
T6. Maria Luz Besio, Newberry 71-76-80=227
T6. Daniela Iacobelli, Florida Tech 78-77-72=227
8. Brianna Seo, Rollins 81-73-75=229
9. Joanna Coe, Rollins 81-76-73=230

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