Florida Tech wins its first women’s golf title in last match before the team is eliminated

What a way to go out.

Florida Tech went into the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship this week after being told in February that the team would be dissolved next year, but the Panthers didn't let disappointment extinguish their fire.

On Saturday, the Panthers competed for the national championship in the final match of program history at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and they won.

After three days of play, Florida Tech defeated Cal State San Marcos on Saturday to become Division II champions for the first time in program history. San Marcos had beaten the Division II reigning champions Indianapolis in the semifinals.

For the last time…as NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!! GO TECH!! pic.twitter.com/23vFxQ50Bf

Lucy Eaton, a senior from Yorkshire, England, was a key in the Panthers' success at PGA National Champion Course, scoring a 75 in the final round and finishing in third place after three days. Coming off a second-round 70, Eaton went 2 over with two birdies, an eagle on No. 10, two bogeys and two double bogeys on Saturday.

Noelle Beijer, a sophomore from Assendelft, Netherlands, also played a key role, finishing the final round 1-under 72. Beijer had five birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey on No. 6 to finish 1-under in the final round.

The Florida Tech women's golf team at the 2019 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship. (Florida Tech women's golf/Twitter)

While the win marked Florida Tech's first women's golf title, the Panthers' Daniela Iacobelli won an individual title in 2007.

Florida Tech Athletics Director Bill Jurgens said in February that the program cuts would allow the university to better focus its finite athletic resources across the remaining 18 varsity sports.

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