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Limestone wins top seed for DII Match Play Championship

Limestone earned the top-seed in the medal-match play championship at the NCAA Division II Championship played at the TPC Michigan in Dearborn.

Limestone had the lead going into the final round of stroke play at the NCAA Division II championship. The Saint’s held on to the top spot and now enter the medal-match play championship as the top seed.

The Saint’s finished 2-shots in front of Lynn College to open the medal-match play championship round against Grand Valley State, a team that finished 49-shots behind Limestone.

Stina Wikstrom had the best final round for the Saint’s carding a 1-under par 71 to move up to a tie for third place in the stroke play standings.

Two other Limestone golfers Pilar Martinez and Ebba Hellman tied for 6th place.

Helen Kreuzer was the stroke play medalist after shooting a final round 4-under par 68. The Lynn College golfer claimed the top spot by 2-shots over Pilar Echeverria from the University of Indianapolis.

The NCAA Division II Champion will be the winner of the Medal-Match Play finals.

This is the second straight tournament the Saint’s will play in the championship finals. In 2019 Limestone was eliminated in the quarter-final round. The pandemic prevented the 2020 tournament from being played.

The Medal-Match Play format is different than the usual match play format used in other championships.

Winning a hole is not the score kept in this format.

Each match is scored by the cumulative number of strokes won by rather than the number of holes won.

As an example, Up 3 means that the player is up by 3 strokes, not by 3 holes. 

All five player’s scores will count in the match and all ties will be broken using a scorecard playoff.

Using this format means each match will play 18 holes. Unlike match play, where a match does not need to play a full 18 holes to decide a winner, the player up by the most strokes after 18 holes wins the match.

Other quarter final matches include #2 Lynn vs #7 Arkansas Tech, #4 Indianapolis vs #1 Dallas Baptist and #3 Findlay vs #6 St.Mary’s, Texas.

NCAA Division II scores from GolfStat http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=22823

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