April 19, 2014
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Seton Hall completed a wire-to-wire lead to win the crown at the 2014 BIG EAST Women's Golf Championships presented by NEW YORK LIFE on the Hills Course at LPGA International here Saturday afternoon.
The Pirates, in just their fourth year as a varsity program, secure the BIG EAST's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Seton Hall will learn its destination in the regionals on Monday, April 28. The regionals take place May 8-10.
St. John's senior Harin Lee held off the field and claimed the 2014 BIG EAST individual title after gutting out a 6-over-par 78. She entered the day 4-over for the tournament and finished with a 54-hole score of 226 to card a 10-over for the tournament.
It's Harin's second BIG EAST individual title. She claimed the 2011 title as a freshman after winning a playoff.
Nursing a 13-stroke advantage after 36 holes, Seton Hall had to fend off late charges from Georgetown, St. John's and Xavier. The Pirates finished with a three-round total of 928, ahead of the Hoyas in second with 935, St. John's in third at 937 and fourth-place Xavier, which finished with 939 strokes.
Creighton finished in fifth with a score of 972 and Butler was sixth 979.
Xavier, which entered the tournament as the top seed, showed why it had earned that distinction with a third-round 304 and was the day's biggest mover. Ariel McNair carded the low round of the tournament with a 69 Saturday, which included four birdies and one bogey. Abigail Smith finished with a three-round 236 (84-75-76) along with McNair's 230 (80-81-69) to lead the Musketeers' charge.
But Georgetown was able to hold off not only Xavier but also St. John's for runner-up honors. Mackenzie Boydston shot 77 to finish with a 229 (79-73-77) for the championship and claimed one of five pieces of second place in the individual standings. Patricia Lee finished with a 231 after carding Saturday's 74. She shot 81-76 on Thursday and Friday.
Lee's teammate Anna Kim shot 73 Saturday to finish in that four-way tie for second at 229 (77-79). Joining her were Seton Hall's Erin McClure (77-76-76) and Megan Tenhundfeld (79-73-77).
Butler was led for the third straight day by Jenna Peters, who also tied for second with a 229 (78-74-77).
Final Team Leaderboard
1. Seton Hall - 314-302-312 - 928 (+64)
2. Georgetown - 317-312-306 - 935 (+71)
3. St. John's - 320-315-302 - 937 (+73)
4. Xavier - 321-314-304 - 939 (+75)
5. Creighton - 324-322-326 - 972 (+108)
6. Butler - 327-319-333 - 979 (+115)