IRISH golfer Danielle McVeigh made her mark among the best young women players in America as she scored a top-15 finish at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
McVeigh, a sophomore at Texas A&M University, tied for 15th in US collegiate golf’s national championships after posting rounds of 73, 74, 75 and 73 for a seven-over-par 295 at the par-72, 6424-yard University of New Mexico Championship course.
The Kilkeel, Co Down golfer’s effort as the second woman home on her team helped Texas A&M tie for sixth place at the weekend, the Aggies’ second-highest finish at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, and the best since its fifth-place showing in the inaugural event in 1982.
With fellow second year Ashley Freeman tying for eighth place, A&M compiled a team score of 295, 299, 299, 298 for a 39-over 1,191 to break the school record at the tournament by 20 strokes.
Southern California (1,168) won the title by six shots over UCLA (1,174), while three-time defending champion Duke (1,180) finished third and Purdue (1,188) placed fourth. Arizona State (1,189) edged A&M and Denver (1,191) by just two shots for fifth place.
“We knew we needed the play well but I really didn’t feel any pressure,” said McVeigh. “I knew my team-mates would pull their weight and that allowed me to just go out and have fun.
“It’s good to place in the top six but we won’t be happy until we’re No. 1.This was a great boost to our confidence and with most of this team back next year, we have a great chance to improve.”
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