Gomez, Webster Go Low In Final Round Of NCAA Franklin Regional
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Chayse Gomez and Kelsey Webster both fired a 3-under 69 to lead a late surge by the Oregon State women's golf team at the NCAA Franklin Regional on Wednesday.
The Beavers posted their best score of the tourney in the final round, a 1-under 287, and finished in eighth place with a 19-over 293-303-287--883 at the par-72, 6,450-yard Vanderbilt Legends Club North Course.
The top four teams -- Vanderbilt (16-under 848), Alabama (8-under 856), Wake Forest (3-under 861) and Texas A&M (3-over 867) -- advanced to the NCAA National Championship, which is scheduled from May 20-25 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
It was a great showing for the Beavers who had only one player, Ellie Slama, with NCAA tournament experience. The 2020 regionals were canceled due to COVID-19 and the 2021 regionals were canceled due to inclement weather in Baton Rouge, La.
Gomez was the highest Oregon State golfer on the individual leaderboard, finishing in a tie for 15th place with an even-par 72-75-69--216. She had seven birdies and nothing worse than a bogey in the tournament.
The bogey-free 69 in the final round was the eighth sub-par round of her three-year Beaver career. She carded a career-best 5-under 67 at the Silverado Showdown earlier this spring.
After posting a pair of 77's in the first two rounds, Webster had an eagle on the par-4 15th hole and five birdies that helped her jump 15 spots up the leaderboard and into a tie for 36th place with a 7-over 77-77-69--223.
Webster concluded a solid first year with the Beavers after transferring from the University of Colorado. She led Oregon State with a career-best tie for fifth place at the Pac-12 Championship and carded five scores in red figures.
Slama, who wrapped up one of the greatest careers of any student-athlete in Oregon State history, was steady throughout the NCAA Regionals and finished in a tie for 27th place with a 4-over 73-74-73--220.
In her five years as a Beaver, she won three individual titles, earned All-Pac-12 honors three times, and holds the Oregon State records for career scoring average, top-10 finishes in a season, lowest single-round score, lowest three-round score and total number of sub-par scores.
She also became the first golfer in Oregon State history to be named Pac-12 Golfer of the Month when she received the honor in October of 2018.
Madde Sund earned a spot in the lineup before the Pac-12 Championship and proved that she belongs. The redshirt freshman fired a career-best 1-under 71 in the first round of the NCAA Franklin Regional and finished the event in a tie for 40th place with an 8-over 71-77-76--224.
Issy Taylor played her best golf of the regional in the final round and finished in 60th place with a 20-over 79-81-76--236.
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