Saturday, May 12, 2012
Columbus, Ohio – After playing solid golf 51 holes, Stetson’s Alexandria Buelow had two bad holes on Saturday, and they cost her a chance to advance to the NCAA Championship next week in Nashville.
Buelow was two-over par for her round at the Scarlet Course on the Ohio State campus going to the par five 12th hole. That two-over score, had it held up, would have been enough to secure her position for next week’s NCAA Tournament.
A bad tee shot on the 12th, which resulted in a double bogey, was followed by a three-putt double bogey on the par three 13th, leaving her on the outside.
“She played a lot of good holes,” Hatters coach Floyd Kerr said. “Unfortunately, she had a couple of bad ones at the wrong time. On that golf course, if you make a mistake you can get into bad shape. She came back after that and had a couple of birdies.”
Buelow said the trouble started with her tee shot on 12.
“I blocked a tee shot right,” Buelow said. “I had no shot and tried to play down 11 and that didn’t work out. It is a hard hold and if you don’t hit a good drive it is tough. If you hit a good tee shot it is a manageable par five.
“On the next hole, the par three, I thought I hit a good shot, and it hit the middle of the green and rolled off. I hit a poor chip shot and then three putted.”
Buelow came back to post birdies on two of her last five holes, including one on No. 18. She finished the three-day event with an eight-over par score of 224, which was good for a tie for 16th place overall. Florida State’s Maria Salinas earned one of the two at large spots in the NCAA Tournament by tying for the tournament title with a three-under par score of 213.
Georgia’s Rocio Sanchez Lobato took the second individual spot with a six-over par score of 222.
“She beat 83 of the 84 players she needed to beat to advance,” Kerr said. “That is golf. When you hit the ball into the rough there is just no way to get it back in play. She played hard and she beat a lot of good players.”
Top-seeded Southern California took the team title and advanced along with the teams from Vanderbilt, Purdue, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio State, North Carolina State and Arkansas.
Buelow, who received her degree from Stetson on the final day of her collegiate career, will now set off on her professional career.
“I will be playing on the Symetra Tour,” Buelow said. “It used to be called the LPGA Futures Tour. I played on it as an amateur last year and retained my status. I’ll play as a professional on that tour this year and will play in 13 events starting in two weeks. The top 10 on the money list get their LPGA Tour cards and, if I don’t make that, then I’ll go to Q school.”
Kerr said that even though they were not happy with the final results, Buelow has a lot to look forward to.
“She was disappointed, but it was just another round of golf,” Kerr said. “It certainly doesn’t make her career. It ends her career here at Stetson, but it starts her career as a professional.”