Favored Henderson State Wins Women's DII Central Regional; Stevens Is T5

May 9, 2024 | 3 min.
By Michael R Fermoyle

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. -- Henderson State was seeded No. 1 in the Women's NCAA Division II Central Regional this week, and that was where the Reddies ended up, thanks to a strong final round. Trailing Southwest Oklahoma State by four at the start of Day 3, the Reddies posted the lowest single-day score of the tournament on Wednesday, a 292 (4 over par), and the resulting aggregate of 894 was good for a six-stroke victory. 

SW Oklahoma could do no better than 302, but still managed to finish second at 900. Rogers State grabbed the other berth into the NCAA DII Championships by finishing third, with a 907. Central Missouri was a distant fourth at 928, one ahead of Harding and two ahead of sixth-place Augustana. 

Rogers' Lydia Sitorus, a junior from Indonesia, opened with an even-par 72 on Monday and followed it with a pair of 71s to claim the individual medal by five shots with at 214. Ellen Spigner of Arkansas Tech finished second with a 219. She, too, shot 71 on Wednesday.

Lily Nelson led the Henderson State rally with a 69. It was the only sub-70 score of the tournament, and it lifted her into third place at 221. One behind her, in fourth at 222, was Rebecca Lau of SW Oklahoma State, after a valedictory 76.

There was a three-way tie for fifth. Augustana's Molly Stevens, a fifth-year senior from Northfield, and the older sister of two-time Minnesota state high school champion Nate Stevens, was tied for first after Day 1 with a 72. A second-round 74 had her in second, but a 77 on Wednesday dropped her into a tie for fifth at 223. Also at that number  was Henderson's Allie Bianchi, who closed with a 74, and Central Missouri's Mia Rallo, who shot a final-round 73.

Women's NCAA Division II Central Regional 

At Hillcrest Country Club

Par 72, 5,921 yards

Bartlesville, Okla. 

Final results

1. Henderson State              299-303-292--894

2. Southwest Okla. State      298-300-302--900

3. Rogers State                     305-306-296--907

4. Central Missouri                316-303-309--928

5. Harding University             312-313-304--929

6. Augustana                       306-318--306--930

7. Northeastern State            312-315-311--938

8. Central Oklahoma             315-316-318--949

9. Minnesota State              330-321-319--970


1. Lydia Sitorus, Rogers                72-71-71--214

3. Lily Nelson, Henderson State    76-76-69--221

4. Rebecca Lau, SW Okla. State   72-74-76--222

T5. Molly Stevens, Augustana     72-74-77--223

T5. Mia Rallo, Central Missouri      75-75-73--223

T14. Lanie /veenendall, Aug.       75-76-77--228

24. Carly Moon, Winona State     78-78-79--235

T32. Shannonn McCormick, Aug. 79-86-74-239

T35. Anna Cihak, Minn. State       80-77-83--240

T35. Lauren Tims, Augustana      80-82-78--240

T38. Kelly Winter, Minn. State      82-83-76--241

42. Sammy Youngquist, Mn. St.   83-79-81--243

48. Claire Schweim, Minn. State   85-82-81--248

49. Mattie Weidenback, Aug.      80-93-89--262

Tori Woytassek, Minn. Minn. St.      81


Michael R Fermoyle

Mike Fermoyle’s amateur golf career features state titles in five different decades, beginning with the State Public Links (1969), three State Amateurs (1970, 1973 and 1980), and four State Four-Ball championships (1972, 1985, 1993 and 2001). Fermoyle was medalist at the Pine to Palm in 1971, won the Resorters in 1972, made the cut at the State Amateur 18 consecutive years (1969 to 1986), the last being 2000, and amassed 13 top-ten finishes. Fermoyle also made it to the semi-final matches at the MGA’s annual match play championship, the Players’, in 1982 and 1987.

Fermoyle enjoyed a career as a sportswriter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch before retiring in 2006. Two years later he began a second career covering the golf beat exclusively for the MGA and its website, mngolf.org, where he ranks individual prep golfers and teams, provides coverage on local amateur and professional tournaments and keeps tabs on how Minnesotans are faring on the various professional tours.

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