Geneva grad Nicholson earns second-team All-MAC for Akron women's golf

University of Akron senior and Geneva graduate Danielle Nicholson took second at the recent Hoya Invitational. Nicholson is scheduled to play in the Mid-American Conference championships Friday-Sunday at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana. She brought home the individual MAC title at the same course as a freshman.

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — Danielle Nicholson closed out her Akron Zips golf career in the Mid-American Conference tournament over the weekend.

The Geneva graduate finished in the top 30 at Purgatory Golf Club.

Nicholson, a senior, posted rounds of 81 (+9) and 79 (+7) before ending her collegiate career with a 74 (+2) for a 234 (+18) to tie for 28th in the 54-hole tournament total.

"I was really disappointed with the tournament overall," she said. "I did not play like I know I can and left so many shots out there. My irons and wedges did not give me a lot of birdie opportunities, but my putter cost me the most. I missed so many short putts."

The uncertainty with the weather didn't help the situation.

"We didn't know if we would be able to play the practice round and it moved times at the last minute, then we didn't know if we would be able to play the first round. Then our second day got cancelled so we didn't even play on Saturday. And then Sunday we had to play 36 and got home at one in the morning."

Nicholson said she was pretty emotional the night before her final round, but held it together on Sunday.

"I didn't cry at all after I made my putt on the final hole," she said. "For the last year, I thought I would be finishing on No. 18 in front of all my teammates and coach and parents, but there were five people watching on No. 7 in the middle of the course so it was very anticlimatic. But it great having my parents there for it."

The Zips finished sixth in the team standings with a three-day final score of 924. Kent State won with a 857.

 

KSU's Karoline Stormo captured the individual title with a -5 211 on rounds of 76-65-70.

 

Before the final 36 holes started, Nicholson was named second-team All-MAC.

The honor marked the fourth All-MAC award for Nicholson. As a freshman in 2016, she became Akron's first-ever MAC champion while earning first-team, freshman of the year and all-tournament team honors.

Nicholson made it back-to-back first-team appearances after being tabbed first-team, UA Female Athlete of the Year and academic All-MAC in 2017.

"I'm happy that I was able to get All-MAC all four years and am proud of that accomplishment, but just wish I had a better senior year," she said.

Last season, Nicholson was named 2018 Women's Ohio State Amateur Champion after earning second-team All-MAC, academic All-MAC and Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) all-american scholar award.