Guthrie Finishes 20th, Honored by NGCA

(Courtesy of Lenny Reich, Univ. of Mount Union)
(Courtesy of Lenny Reich, Univ. of Mount Union)

ANGOLA, Ind. – Whitworth junior Emily Guthrie shot a final round 78 to finish tied for 20th place on Friday at the NCAA Division III women's golf championships hosted by Trine University at Zollner Golf Course.

In addition, Guthrie was recognized by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) with a pair of honors.  She was selected to the NGCA All-West Region team and named honorable mention All-American.

Starting on the more difficult back nine for the third time in four rounds, Guthrie started out with a 38 on the back half, including a birdie on the par-4 16th hole.  Guthrie opened her second nine with bogies on holes 1-4.  She birdied the par-5 fifth hole and finished with a 40 on her back nine. 

Guthrie finished with a final score of 313, 11 strokes off of the 302 shot by winner Catherine Wagner of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and tied with three other players for 20th place.  There were 101 players in the field.

Northwest Conference member George Fox ended up in 7th place and Whitman finished 12th in the final team standings.  Methodist defended its national title.

Guthrie was one of six individual players invited to compete in the 2012 championships.