Knights break record, widen gap heading into final round

Sydney Busker shot a tournament-best one-under-par 71 on Sunday.
Sydney Busker shot a tournament-best one-under-par 71 on Sunday.

BECKER, Minn. – One day after jumping out to a 15-stroke lead at the 2017 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women's Golf Championships, the Carleton Knights expanded their lead to 18 strokes with an even better Day Two performance, setting a new MIAC 36-hole low in the process.

Carleton shot a 304 in the second round, improving on Saturday's first-place score by one stroke. The Knights head into Round 3 with the two top individual scorers in the tournament and a two-round total of 609, the lowest two-round total in MIAC Women's Golf Championship history, surpassing the previous mark of 626 - set by St. Thomas in 2015 - by 17 strokes. Saint Benedict moved into sole possession of second-place thanks to a 13-stroke improvement on Sunday and a two-day total of 627. St. Thomas is three strokes behind in third-place with 630. St. Catherine shot back-to-back 320s to secure fourth-place heading into the final day of competition. The Wildcats are followed by Gustavus in fifth with 646 strokes, St. Olaf in sixth with 652 and Bethel in seventh with 661. Concordia is currently in eighth-place with 713 strokes, while Saint Mary's and Augsburg are tied for ninth with 781.

Individually, Carleton's Ziyi Wang carded a two-over-par 74 to maintain the top spot in the tournament with a two-day total of 147 (73-74), followed by teammate Abby Euyang in second with 149 (74-75). St. Thomas senior Emily Thul improved on her Round 1 score by three strokes on Sunday, tallying a two-day total of 151 (77-74), good for third-place, while Bethel's Christine Piwnica and St. Catherine's Kaitlyn Alvarez and Sydney Busker are tied for fourth at 152. Busker's Round 2 one-under-par 71 is the lowest single-round score of the tournament thus far and tied for the second-lowest one-round score in MIAC Women's Championship history.


The three-day, 54-hole MIAC Women's Golf Championships culminate on Monday at Pebble Creek Golf Club with the first tee time set for 9:57 a.m. Spectators are welcome to attend and there is no admission fee. Those in attendance are encouraged to read and follow the Championships' spectator rules.

There will be a short awards ceremony following Monday's final round to honor the top teams and individuals. The winning team will receive the MIAC Championship plaque, as well as the Conference's automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Golf Championships. The top 10 individual finishers will be named to the All-Championship team, and will be automatically eligible for All-Conference honors in the spring.

Fans who can't make the trip to Becker can follow all the action on the MIAC Golf Championships website, which will include unofficial hole-by-hole live scoring updates, results, pairings, tee times, recaps, photos and more. Fans can interact on social media throughout the tournament on the MIAC's Facebook page, Instagram or on Twitter.

2017 MIAC Golf Championships

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