May 7, 2011
The Commodores have advanced to the 2011 NCAA Championships after defeating Florida State in a sudden death playoff at the NCAA East Regional in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Vanderbilt captured the playoff by shooting an even-par 16 on the first hole of the Legends Course. All five players played the hole and the top four scores were counted. Florida State finished with a one-over par, 17.
Senior Megan Grehan was the deciding factor in the playoff proceedings, making the only birdie among the 10 players. Marina Alex and Lauren Stratton each made par, and Megan Grehan and Rene Sobolewski made fives.
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The Commodores made up two strokes in the final three holes at the NCAA East Regional in Daytona Beach to tie Florida State for ninth position in the tournament. Auburn, currently in eighth place, has just begun their round. The top eight teams advance to the NCAA Championships May 18-21 in College Station, Texas.
Vanderbilt trailed by two strokes as both teams played their final three holes, with the Commodores finishing up on the front nine and the Seminoles on the back. Florida State’s leading player at the tournament, Jessica Negron, bogeyed two out of her last three holes.
Sophomore Lauren Stratton paced the Vanderbilt effort on Saturday with a one-under par, 71. The Commodores also counted a 73 from Marina Alex, a 74 from freshman Rene Sobolewski, and a 75 from Megan Grehan. Anna Leigh Keith posted a third-round 76.
Auburn will need to shoot an even par, 288, as a team to advance as the eighth and final team. A one-over par, 289, would send the Tigers to a playoff with the Commodores and the Seminoles. Their previous two rounds came in at 302 and 299. There have been seven rounds of par or better so far at the tournament.
If Florida State and Vanderbilt tie for the eighth spot, there will be a team sudden death playoff, with the top four out of five scores counting.