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Coloradan Ashley Kozlowski helps Purdue win playoff and land spot in NCAA DI national championship; Colorado Christian’s Faith Kilgore in third place at DII finals

By Gary Baines – 5/11/2022

It went right down to the wire, but a Coloradan will be going to the women’s NCAA Division I national golf championship.

Ashley Kozłowski of Littleton helped her Purdue team advance through a playoff at the NCAA Stanford Regional on Wednesday. 

With the top four team finishers at each regional earning a berth to nationals (May 20-25 in Scottsdale, Ariz.), the Boilermakers moved on by defeating fellow Big 10 team Northwestern. Both finished 54 holes in 12 over par, but Purdue prevailed on the first extra hole.

Purdue, including Coloradan Ashley Kozlowski (third from left) prevailed in a playoff Wednesday to advance to nationals.

Kozlowski, winner of the 2020 Colorado Junior PGA Championship, finished tied for 39th individually at regionals, going 74-76-73. The Coloradan, a sophomore at Purdue, graduated from Rock Canyon High School.

Meanwhile, at the Albuquerque Regional, Coloradan Lauren Lehigh placed 11th overall, falling two strokes shy of landing an individual spot at nationals after posting rounds of 74-71-73 for New Mexico.

Another highlight for a Coloradan on Wednesday was Boulder’s Kelsey Webster closing with a 69 at the Franklin, Tenn., Regional to move up to 36th place for Oregon State.

At the women’s NCAA Division II national championship n Gainesville, Ga., Colorado Christian senior Faith Kilgore finished Wednesday’s second round in a tie for third place individually.

The Texan, who shared the lead after round 1, closed her round with a triple bogey to post a 74. She’s at 1-under 143, five strokes behind leader Anahi Servin of Academy of Art going into Wednesday’s final round of stroke play.

As a team, Colorado Christian sits in eighth place. The top eight finishers after Wednesday’s round will advance to the match play portion of the event.

WOMEN’S NCAA DIV. I REGIONALS

(Monday through Wednesday)

Tallahassee, Fla., Regional

11. (Top 4 finishers advance out of field of 12) Denver 312-302-301–915

27. Clara Gestsdottir 80-74-71–225

35. Anna Zanusso 82-72-75–229

40. Coloradan Emma Bryant 76-77-78—231

40. Alyson Bean 75-79-77—231

58. Anna Krekling 81-80-79–240

Albuquerque Regional

11. Coloradan Lauren Lehigh, New Mexico, 74-71-73–218

Stanford, Calif. Regional

39. Coloradan Ashley Kozłowski, Purdue 74-76-73—223

Franklin, Tenn. Regional

36. Coloradan Kelsey Webster, Oregon State 77-77-69–223

ALL SCORES


WOMEN’S NCAA DIVISION II NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Tuesday Through Saturday in Gainesville, Ga.

8. Colorado Christian 301-304—605

3. Faith Kilgore 69-74—143

10. Emily Donaldson 72-74—146

65. Courtney Andersson 82-75–157

79. Kiersten Bryant 78-81–159

98. Emily Doeden 87-86–173

ALL SCORES


About the Writer: Gary Baines has covered golf in Colorado continuously since 1983. He was a sports writer at the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, then the sports editor there, and has written regularly for ColoradoGolf.org since 2009. He was voted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2021. Email: ColoradoGolfJournal@mac.com)