Some moments on this countdown stand alone because of the magnitude of the accomplishment itself and others because of the fashion in which that achievement was realized. Our No. 6 moment may just be the perfect combination of both.
Coming into the 2011 season CBU women’s golf had finished in the Top 5 at the NAIA National Tournament the previous two seasons and knew this was the program’s final shot at the title which had eluded them thus far. The Lancers went out and took that title in 2011 in one of the most surreal scenes ever seen on a golf course.
"Over the last four years we've had great teams but couldn't get over the hump," said CBU Head Coach Lane Pace at the time. "We knew this was our last chance, and that's all we talked about-getting here and giving ourselves a chance on the final day. The girls stepped up and got better every round. This is just a great feeling."
CBU came into the final day of play at the tournament in second place, but with four holes to play the Lancers sat in third near the top of a crowded leaderboard, trailing both Embry-Riddle and Oklahoma City, and with Shorter nipping at their heels in fourth.
It was rally time.
CBU played the final four holes at +2, getting a clutch birdie putt from All-American Nathalie Silva on 18 to force a playoff with Embry-Riddle.
The title would come down to all 10 players playing one final hole at the same time, winner take all. The Lancers rose to the occasion, playing the 362-yard par 4 even to win the title.
Sara Koizumi, the star of the final day for CBU, sank the lone birdie on the hole to help seal the title. Koizumi posted the second lowest round of the tournament that Saturday afternoon, firing a -1, 72 to lead the Lancers to a final day 307.
It was not only the first national championship in program history, but the final NAIA title in CBU’s 45 years with the organization. A fitting finale.
CBU and the transition to the NCAA series timeline
June 14 – Introduction to the series
June 18 – Moment No. 9 - 1999 Men's Water Polo
June 19 – Moment No. 8 - 2010 Baseball
June 20 – Moment No. 7 – 1974 Men’s Tennis
June 21 – Moment No. 6 – 2011 Women’s Golf
June 24 – Moment No. 5
June 25 – Moment No. 4
June 26 – Moment No. 3
June 27 – Moment No. 2
June 28 – Moment No. 1
July 1 – A comprehensive look back at more than 45 years with the NAIA
July 8 – A look back at the last three years of transition to the NCAA