The Gettysburg College women’s golf team is ready to roll into its sixth consecutive NCAA Division III Championship at the Bay Oaks Golf Club in Houston, Texas.
Gettysburg, who captured its ninth-straight Centennial Conference championship and 10th overall, earned an automatic berth to compete against the top teams and players on the national stage. The Bullets’ had all five players finish among the top-15 at the conference championship with three of them placing in the top-10.
The NCAA Championship is scheduled to take place from May 14-17. The championship will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently. Following 54 holes of competition, the field will be cut down to the top 15 teams and top six individuals not on one of those teams will compete the final day. In the team competition, the low four scorers from each team for each day will count in the team’s total score. This year’s field includes 25 total teams.
The Bullets are slated to tee off from 1:35 to 2:15 p.m. EST on the par-72, 5,889-yard Bay Oaks Country Club in the opening round on Tuesday.
Juniors Skylar Frankiewicz and Hannah Fireman are competing for the third-straight year. Junior Katie McCarthy and senior Gillian Marini are appearing for the second time, while freshman Cameron D’Amica is making her national debut.
Frankiewicz and Fireman have led the way, by each capturing an individual title and ranking 1-2 on the team in scoring average at 80 and 81.4, respectively. In addition, both helped the team to two team titles and registered all-conference honors for the third-straight year. The juniors also finished among the top five in each event this spring. Frankiewicz and Fireman both carded season-lows at the Gettysburg Invitational at 76 and 77, respectively.
At the conference championship, Fireman took fourth overall after carding an 83 in the opening round and a 90 on the final day to finish with a combined total of 173. She finished among the top five in all three events this spring, including an individual title at the McDaniel College Spring Invitational, and sits second on the team in scoring at 81.4 heading into nationals.
Marini and McCarthy will be playing on the national stage for the second time in their careers. Marini, who was tagged to the CC All-Sportsmanship Team, tallied a scoring average of 95.9 this season and recorded her first individual title after carding a 90 at the McDaniel Tri-Match this fall. She also competed in her second-straight CC Championship where she placed 15th overall. McCarthy, who missed last season due to injury, collected eighth-place this year at the conference championship. She is third on the team in scoring average at 85.4 and notched a season-low round of 82 at both the Gettysburg Invite and McDaniel Spring Invite. In her first national appearance in 2017, McCarthy placed 77th with a total score of 344 (92-83-82-87).
The lone freshman on the team, D’Amica, saw action in each round this year and ranks fourth on the team in scoring average at 91.8. She placed among the top-10 in three events with her season-low round coming in at 84. In her first CC Championship, D’Amica just missed the top-10. After carding a first round score of 97, she bounced back in strong fashion on the second day by shaving 11 strokes off to tie for 11th overall.
Last season at nationals, Fireman paced the squad as she tied for 83rd overall with a three-day total of 260 as Frankiewicz finished tied for 96th in the standings with a score of 265, and Marini placed 117 with a score of 293.