Helga Einarsdottir shot a third-round 1-under par 71 to lead the University at Albany women’s golf team on the final day of competition at the NCAA Auburn Regional in Opelika, Ala., on Wednesday, May 8.
The No. 17-seeded Great Danes finished 18th in the regional, shooting 917 (+53) over the three-day, three-round event at Saugahatchee Country Club.
Einarsdottir’s final round was the best of the event for the Great Danes, who saw a player shoot better than 80 in 11 of the 15 rounds.
Annika Espino was UAlbany’s high-scorer for the Regional, shooting 78-74-76-228 (+12). Freshman Madison Walker also was better than 80 throughout, finishing 76-74-79-229 (+13).
The Great Danes were competing in an NCAA Regional for the second consecutive season after winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship earlier this month.
From the Auburn Regional, six teams advanced to the NCAA Championships: Vanderbilt, Florida State, Duke, Virginia, Auburn and Tennessee.
“I’m very proud of this team and this whole season. Even though we were hoping to play a little better and beat a few teams this week, we definitely had a lot of positives that came out of each round.
“For Helga to shoot 1-under par today, that was a big confidence boost for her and a great way to end the season. Annika had a great tournament and a really great spring.
“The best news though is that we have the entire team coming back next year for hopefully an even more exciting season! It’s been an honor to coach these players. They really have made a mark on this golf program’s legacy, and they make it a player to coach them.
“For us to shoot two rounds of 304 in the NCAA Regional, that shows we can compete with anyone. I think all three of our rounds were very respectable on such a difficult course against the best of the best.”