(5-14-22) The University of Findlay has won the 2022 NCAA DII women’s golf national championship today at the Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville, Georgia, led by Head Coach Dominic Guarnieri (St. Marys) with a 3-2-0 win over No. 3 Limestone.
The Oilers claimed the first two matches of the day with wins from Jill Schmitmeyer (St. Marys) and Kristina Kniesly (Logansport, Indiana) . Limestone responded by taking the third and fourth matches.
It all came down to Erin Mulcahy (Lima Central Catholic) who trailed Limestone’s Ebba Hellman for 10-straight holes. Mulcahy tied the match on hole 15, took a two-stroke lead on 16 and then held a one-stroke lead the rest of the way to win her program’s first NCAA DII women’s golf title.
How team scoring works: Each match is scored by the cumulative number of strokes won by rather than the number of holes won. Up 3 means that the player is up by 3 strokes, not 3 holes. The player up by the most strokes after 18 holes wins the match.
It has been a good year for the Oilers as they picked up two major awards on Thursday.
The Women’s Golf Coaches’ Association (WGCA) announced its’ all-America team and regional Coaches of the Year. Findlay senior Kristina Kniesly has been named first team all-American while head coach Dominic Guarnieri has been awarded East Region Coach of the Year.
Kniesly picks up her second all-American award of her career after finishing in a tie for 14th at the national championship. This spring, Kniesly has won medalist honors at three different tournaments and now has five tournament wins in her career, tied for the most all-time at Findlay.
Guarnieri has earned East Region Coach of the Year for the second time in his career after leading the Oilers to a dominating performance at the NCAA DII East Regional last week. The Oilers’ coach has coached his team to three consecutive trips to the medal match play portion of the national championship, one of just three schools in the country to have acheived that feat. Under Guarnieri’s guidance, Findlay won seven consecutive tournaments this spring including earning medalist during each of those wins.