NEWTON, Kan. – Denver's Mary Weinstein set a #SummitGF Women's Championship single-round record with a closing 65 (-7) to lead the Pioneers to their fifth title in the past six years. Weinstein's score also broke the women's Sand Creek Station course record.
The junior took a one-stroke lead into the final round and she stretched that margin to seven by the end of her final loop that featured seven birdies.
Four of those birdies came in her first five as holes and by the time DU's full lineup made the turn to the back nine, the Pioneers' lead had grown from eight to start the day all the way to 24.
Weinstein and Newlove both shot 34 on the front side and the Pioneers never looked back en route to a closing 281(-7). Weinstein tied the tournament's 54-hole scoring record of 217 (+1), which had been shot five times before, as she won for the first time as a collegian.
Newlove, who finished at 224 (+8) after shooting a 71 (-1) in her final round, placed second after winning the 2018 Championship MVP honors.
Denver closed the event with a 904 (+4) total and was 27 shots in front of Oral Roberts (931; +67) and 30 shots clear of South Dakota State (934; +70).
The Golden Eagles, whose runner-up finish was their highest since 2015, were led by freshman Sarah Bell. The rookie was one of three players to break par in the final round, posting a 70 (-2) that featured a back-nine score of 32 (-4) as she took third place.
The Jackrabbits were paced by Teresa Toscano, who claimed fourth with a 231 (+15) total. The first-round leader finished the tournament with a 77 (+5).
South Dakota finished fourth after entering the day eight shots off the pace in second. The Coyotes (944; +80) were led by Megan Munneke, who tied for fifth with Oral Roberts' Isabella Caamal at 232 (+16).
North Dakota State placed fifth (951; +87) after winning the title a year ago. North Dakota rallied to finish sixth (972; +108) in its first Summit League Championship, while Purdue Fort Wayne (974; +110) placed seventh, Omaha (977; +113) finished eighth and Western Illinois (981; +117) rounded out the leaderboard.
All-Tournament Team (Top-five finishers and ties)
Mary Weinstein, Denver (1st, 78-74-65 = 217; +1)
Sophie Newlove, Denver (2nd, 78-75-71 = 224; +8)
Sarah Bell, Oral Roberts (3rd, 79-80-70 = 229; +13)
Teresa Toscano, South Dakota State (4th, 74-80-77 = 231; +15)
Isabella Caamal, Oral Roberts (T5, 81-75-76 = 232; +16)
Megan Munneke, South Dakota (T5, 81-77-74 = 232; +16)
Denver earned the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals and the Pioneers will find out where they will be playing Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. CT.