The standout senior ends her historic run at the 2017 NAIA National Championship with a T30 (+23) finish.
Friday provided a welcomed surprise for those participants in the 2017 NAIA Women's Golf National Championship, as for the first time during the four-day event the weather in Palm Beach Gardens was only moderate which allowed for the first full day of competition throughout the duration of the championship.
Entering Friday's round, Loyola University New Orleans senior Julchen Narwark (SR/Buchholz in der Nordheide, .de) had already etched her name in the Wolf Pack record book for her performance throughout the first three days, but she vied for even more as she took on the tournament's final round. Narwark came into the championship as the first Loyola women's golfer to ever qualify as an individual and she became the only Wolf Pack golfer ever to make cut at the event after she ended yesterday T10 with a 154 (+10).
Julchen came into Friday's action cold as she did not compete in yesterday's round due to a near eight-hour rain delay. That rest may have played a role in the senior's slow start on Friday afternoon that saw the Germany native begin the round with two bogeys and double through the first four holes. She managed a birdie on five before ending the front nine with two bogeys and a double to head to the turn at +7 on the day. The back nine proved even more difficult as Narwark posted just one birdie against a bogey, a double and a four-over par 15th hole. Julchen quickly bounced back and shot even over the final three holes to finish the round with an 85 (+13) to bring her final score to 239 (+23) – good enough to end the tournament tied for 30th place. Narwark's top-30 finish is the best at the event for any member of the Wolf Pack golf team in program history and she improved on her 2014 NAIA National Championship three-round score by an impressive 15 strokes.
Indiana Tech's Courtney Dye leaped three spots on the final day of action to claim medalist honors after tallying a 222 (+6) to take the title over Embry Riddle's Jessica Williams by a single stroke.
Oklahoma City led from start to finish throughout the event to claim the team title with a 925 (+61).
2017 NAIA Women's Golf National Championship All-Tournament Team:
Courtney Dye, Indiana Tech
Jessica Williams, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)
Kaitlyn Riley, Cumberlands (Ky.)
Hannah Sager, Faulkner (Ala.)
Tia Teiniketo, Dalton State (Ga.)
Anna Mikish, Oklahoma City
Winnie Hyun, British Columbia
Courtney Lowery, Point (Ga.)
Rebecca Bostrom, Southeastern (Fla.)
Caroline Griffin, Dalton State (Ga.)
Savannah Moody, Oklahoma City
Melissa Eldridge, Oklahoma City
Kimberly Nelson, Grand View (Iowa)
Elsa Westin, Keiser (Fla.)
Sabrina Schloo, Keiser (Fla.)
Individual Leaderboard (FINAL)
Team Leaderboard (FINAL)