DePauw Tabbed Favorite for NCAC Women's Golf Title

DePauw Tabbed Favorite for NCAC Women's Golf Title

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The 2019 NCAC Women’s Golf Championship will tee off this week, May 3-5, at Westbrook Country Club in Mansfield, Ohio. DePauw University will serve as the host institution for the 54-hole tournament, with 18 holes being played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

DePauw, winners of the 2018 NCAC Women’s Golf Championship, narrowly edged Wittenberg, the 2018 runner-up, as the favorites in this year’s pre-championship poll following balloting of the league coaches. DePauw earned four of the six first place votes and a total of 34 points, while Wittenberg tallied the remaining two first-place votes and 32 total points. Denison gathered 24 points, good enough for third while Wooster garnered 18 points, taking fourth. Ohio Wesleyan (11) and Allegheny (7) rounded out this year’s six-team field.

The DePauw Tigers enter the 2019 NCAC Women’s Golf Championships ranked No. 3 in the latest Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) top-25 rankings. Wittenberg is also receiving votes in the polling, residing just outside the top 25. DePauw has compiled a total of five team victories this season, including the Lynn Schweizer Invitational (Sept. 1-2), Kyle Campbell Invitational (Sept. 7-8), Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic (Sept. 29-30), Saints Spring Invitational (March 23-24) and the most recent Take Back the Night Challenge (April 19-20). The Tigers are led by senior Larisa Luloff (Cary, IL/Cary-Grove) who is currently ranked as the top Division III women’s golfer by Golfstat. She is averaging 73.8 in 19 rounds this season and has finished in the top 10 in all 10 tournaments in which she has competed in. She finished runner-up last year at the conference championship, earning All-NCAC first-team honors. DePauw teammates, junior Anna Foley (Toronto, Canada/Humberside Institute), sophomore Cristal Chan (Hung Hom Kowloon, Hong Kong/St. Mary’s Canossian College) and senior Rachele Miller (Bettendorf, IA/Pleasant Valley) were also NCAC first-teamers a season ago after top-five finishes at the championship. Denison junior Emmy Timberlake (Charlottesville, VA/Charlottesville) and Ohio Wesleyan junior Alexis Reichardt (Waldo, OH/River Valley) also look to contend as front-runners after top-five finishes in 2018.

  

2019 North Coast Athletic Conference
Women's Golf
Pre-Championship Coaches' Polls
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

WOMEN'S GOLF

1.

DePauw (4)

34

2.

Wittenberg (2)

32

3.

Denison

24

4.

Wooster

18

5.

Ohio Wesleyan

11

6.

Allegheny

7