Lynn sends both its golf teams to national championship match
Published May. 30, 2013
Lynn University’s Fighting Knights ended an impressive year of athletics when its women’s and men’s golf teams earned the right to play for the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship. The men came in four-strokes behind to be national runner-up and the women took home the trophy earning Lynn its 21st national championship and 30th conference championship in athletics to date.
Lynn is the only higher-education institution in Palm Beach County that has won an NCAA national championship. The women’s victory on May 18 brought the university its second national championship for the 2012-2013 academic year after the men’s soccer team brought the university its 20th title in December 2012—the 4th in the history of the program. The women's golf team victory also marked the 41st national championship appearance for Lynn University.
“Many major events occurred this year, our 50th anniversary,” Lynn University President Kevin M. Ross said. “We hosted the final 2012 presidential debate, broke ground on a new stadium and business school, and our sports teams made three runs at national championships, bringing two titles home. The teams’ achievements were accomplished through their hard work and focus, and I’m grateful for the extra excitement they brought to our 50th year.”
Women's golf claim Lynn’s 21st national championship
Like Lynn’s soccer team, this most recent golf win also makes it four national championships overall for the women’s golf team. They won by edging out four-time defending national champions and top-ranked Nova Southeastern by three strokes with a 1,187 team score in the four-round tournament held at the LPGA International Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Fighting Knights won back-to-back NAIA women's golf titles in 1995 and 1996 before making the jump to the NCAA to win its first title in 1997. They last appeared in the NCAA Championships at the end of the 2005-06 season when they placed third.
"National Champs has a great ring to it," said second-year head coach Danny Randolph. "I am extremely proud of our team and all they have accomplished as their hard work and perseverance has paid off. We carried ourselves with confidence and class and no better group deserves to call themselves national champions."
On May 25, it was the men’s turn to fight for national championship and make Lynn proud—their second attempt for the national title in three years. They fought hard in 20-30 mile per hour winds that blew through the Hershey (Pa.) County Club course increasing the stroke total for both teams. In the end, they tied Barry 2-2-1 in match play but fell 399-403 in the aggregate score to become the NCAA Division II National Runner-Up.
“Lynn golf has a rich heritage, and both programs draw their strength from solid worldwide recruitment that attracts high quality scholar athletes,” Lynn University Athletics Director Kristen Migliano said. “As the golf program matures and our accomplished alumni continue to recommend student-athletes, we are confident our successes will continue to grow.”