Northwood Wins NAIA Women’s National Championship


Northwood University shot 8-over 296 May 15 to capture its second NAIA Women’s National Championship.

Northwood, of West Palm Beach, Fla., finished at 59-over 1,211 at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Ga. Northwood, which also won the title in 2003, finished 22 shots head of William Woods University, of Fulton, Mo., and SCAD Savannah (Ga.). The 1,211 is the third best score in NAIA history behind 1,209 posted last year by Oklahoma City and SCAD Savannah.

“It has been an incredible season,” said Northwood coach Brandon Miller. “This team deserves this national championship. From the very first practice we had a feeling it could be a special season.

This win belongs to all 11 players on our roster, each of them has played a major part in our success in many ways.”

Northwood was led by Elsa Westin, who finished second at 9-over 297. Caroline Retabi tied for seventh and Sabrina Schloo tied for 15th for the Seahawks.

Dalton (Ga.) State’s Julia McQuilken shot 4-over 292 to capture the individual championship.

“It’s a great feeling to finally have my first college win,” said McQuilken, a junior from Tampa, Fla. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my team and my coaches. Coming in first as an individual is awesome, but finishing second as a team in a first year program is even more special.”

- Golfweek • May 15, 2015