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Erin Harper eliminated from NCAA Championship



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Then-sophomore Erin Harper, now a junior, putts during the first round of the IU Invitational at the IU Golf Course in April. Harper finished 34-over-par after three rounds at the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Josh Eastern Buy Photos

Junior Erin Harper was eliminated Sunday after placing tied for 130th after three rounds in the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship tournament in Stillwater, Oklahoma. 

Harper missed the cut of the final round of play, placing outside of the top nine of individuals not on a qualifying team. She finished last out of those individuals, who will play the final round Monday. 

She shot 250 over the first three rounds, finishing 34-over-par. She shot 86 in the first round and 82 in the second and third rounds. In those three rounds, she shot under par on only three holes and shot five triple-bogeys in total.

“I played really bad,” Harper said. “This was probably my worst tournament of the season.”

Harper pointed to her approach and tee shots as the main reasons for her poor performance in the tournament and on the course in Stillwater.

“This is a course that definitely penalizes you if you don't hit the fairway and I didn't hit the fairway,” Harper said.

She also pointed to the weather, as a rain delay during the second round took her off the course for more than an hour.

“After that I just couldn't get it back together,” Harper said.

Harper is only the third player in IU history to represent the school at the tournament and the first since 1989. IU as a team has appeared in the tournament nine times.

She said there wasn’t much to take away from this tournament except to use it as motivation for the team and marking things she needs to improve on during the offseason.

“I definitely know what I need to work on now so I will be able to practice and get stronger for the season coming up,” Harper said.

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