Rios Wins Sudden Death Playoff, Advances to NCAA National Championship

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It was a storybook ending in Litchfield Park, Arizona, on Tuesday.  Sophomore Mercedes Rios, competing in her second consecutive NCAA Super Regional Championship, defeated Courtney Soekland of California State University-Monterey Bay on the first hole of the sudden death playoff. With this accomplishment, Rios becomes the first Patriot Golfer in program history, both Men’s and Women’s Golf, to advance to the NCAA National Championship.

After carding rounds of 76 and 72 on Sunday and Monday, Rios fired yet another solid four over par 76 on Tuesday to round out her NCAA Super Regional Championship performance. Rios managed to hit 12 of 14 fairways, 10 of 18 greens, and recorded 31 putts on the 6,200 yard, par-72 Wigwam Resort Red Course on the third and final round on Tuesday.

As Rios was the second group off in the morning, she had to wait nearly three and half hours after the conclusion of her round until she found out that she was in fact, playing off for a chance to advance to the NCAA National Championship.

“What a wonderful ending to a great tournament for Mercedes,” stated Head Golf Coach Kenny Trapp. “She has worked so hard in her two years as a Lady Patriot and she deserves this remarkable achievement of representing DBU at the NCAA National Championship,” added Trapp.

During Rios’ three rounds at Wigwam Resort Red Course, she managed to hit 80% of her fairways (32/40), 67% of greens in regulation (36/54), and averaged 31.6 putts per round. “She was striking the ball well all tournament and hit the shots she needed to hit at the right time,” stated Assistant Golf Coach Kristen Tucker.

The NCAA National Championship will be held at Persimmon Ridge Country Club in Louisville, Kentucky, May 16-19.

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