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Indiana women’s golf star Aine Donegan concludes season at NCAA Ann Arbor Regional

<p>Then-freshman Áine Donegan poses for a picture while playing in the IU Invitational on April 9, 2022. Donegan finished her season at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional on Wednesday.</p>

Then-freshman Áine Donegan poses for a picture while playing in the IU Invitational on April 9, 2022. Donegan finished her season at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional on Wednesday.

Indiana women’s golf freshman Aine Donegan finished her season at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional on Wednesday afternoon. The Hoosier standout tied for 32nd by scoring a 226, 13-over par in three rounds of play.

Donegan opened play Monday with a strong showing. A first round score of 72, one-over par placed her tied for fifth among all golfers.

She couldn’t maintain her first round success but still stayed in contention on Tuesday. Donegan scored a 77, 6-over par which moved her down to a tie for 23rd place.

Donegan stayed consistent in her final round, scoring another 77, 6-over par. Her final score was far from her best efforts this season, but was nonetheless a valiant effort for the freshman.

While the top two individuals advance to NCAA Championships, the field expands to all individuals not within the top four advancing teams as well. Donegan finished fifth out of the six individuals competing, but just four strokes behind second place. 

Virginia Tech senior Emily Mahar and Old Dominion University senior Jana Melichova advanced as the two individuals in the Ann Arbor Regional, scoring a 212, one-under par and 213, even-par, respectively.

Donegan was unable to match her earlier success at the U-M Golf Course. In Indiana’s fall season opener at the Wolverine Invitational, she scored a three-round score of 217, 4-over par.

Even though her season has come to an end, Donegan is a star in the making on a national level. The freshman set the program record for single-season, scoring average at 73.17, and was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team.

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