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Meghan Moore earns national runner-up at the D-II Championships

by Curtis Brooks, Sports Editor

June 7, 2012

Meghan Moore swings golf club
Meghan Moore finished just two strokes behind the eventual national champion.
Meghan Moore swings golf club
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After four consecutive days of competition in Lousiville, Kentucky, at the 2012 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships, Black and Gold junior Meghan Moore finished just two strokes behind eventual national champion Abbey Gittings of Nova Southeastern University on May 19.

Moore was tied for first place on the 13th hole when Gittings recorded a double bogey.

Gittings was able to secure the individual title after a pair of birdies on the 15th and 16th holes, and then the junior finished the final round by posting pars on the 17th and 18th holes.

The Durham Native's second place finish was the highest of any Peach Belt Conference female golfer since the addition of women's golf prior to the 2009 season.

Moore's finish was the highest finish among conference competitor's men or women, since USC Aiken's Jeff Goff won the 2008 national championship in individual competition.

Liliana Cammisa and Daniela Ortiz both finished a single stroke behind Moore, as the duo from Nova Southeastern tied for a third place finish.

Nova Southeastern captured the fourth consecutive national title after three of their student-athletes ranked in the top three.

The junior's fourth round performance at the 6,283 yard Persimmon Ridge Golf Course was her best round of the tournament, as she was the only Brave who qualified for the final tournament of the campaign.

Moore finished the campaign leading the PBC with a 76.03 stroke average, which was also a school record.

The junior's impressive stroke average ranks second all-time in league history behind former University of Montevallo golfer Emily Gibson's stroke average of 75.75 from two seasons prior.

The reigning PBC Player of the Year has another year of eligibility left for the Black and Gold, to try for a national title.

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