BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - With just more than two weeks remaining before the 2018 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Womens' Golf Championships at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker, Minn., the conference golf season is in full swing.
Carleton College is ranked No. 9 in the nation, while Gustavus Adolphus College is No. 24 in the latest Women's Golf Coaches Association Coaches Poll. The Knights have won 13 consecutive regular season tournaments, most recently claiming victory at the Wartburg Fall Invitational where the team broke program records for 18- and 36-hole rounds by scoring 293 and 593, respectively. Carleton has scored 300 or lower as a team in all four rounds played this season.
In addition to Carleton and Gustavus, St. Thomas, Saint Benedict, and St. Catherine all received votes in the inaugural women's golf poll of the season. Defending NCAA champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps shared the top spot in the Poll with Williams College.
AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg sophomore Karina Kafka scored a career-best 168 to lead the Auggies at the season-opening CSB Invite. Her second-round 80 also marked a collegiate career-best for an 18-hole round.
Bethel sophomore Nicole Miller fired a two-under-par 70 in the second round of the Warburg Invitational over the weekend, the lowest single-round score by a MIAC women's golfer this year. Miller finished the meet tied for fourth place with a total score of 149.
Carleton senior Ziyi Wang was the medalist at the season-opening CSB Invite, pacing the Knights' record-breaking performance with a one-over-par 73 in the first round before tying a career-best with 72 shots in the final round and finishing with a three-stroke margin of victory. Her performance helped the Knights fire rounds of 297 and 299, becoming the first MIAC women's golf team to break 600 at a tournament.
Concordia junior Katie Krueger opened the season with a career-best 79 in the first round of the CSB Invite. She carded an 84 in round two of the tournament to land the second top-20 finish of her career.
Gustavus junior Morgan Bleyhl has opened the season with back-to-back scores of 155, carding a 76-79 at the CSB Invite and following up with a 79-76 at the Wartburg Invitational. Her average of 77.5 shots per round in 2018 is the seventh-best in the MIAC.
Macalester first-year Tenley Smith leads the Scots with an average of 84.80 shots per round through three meets this season.
Three Bennies finished in the top-10 at last weekend's Cobber Fall Invitational. Saint Benedict was paced by senior Natalie Amundson, who took third with a two-round total of 160, six shots shy of medalist honors.
St. Catherine senior Sydney Busker finished the Cobber Fall Invite in her hometown of Detroit Lakes, Minn. with a two-round score of 157, good for second place overall and the best finish by a Division III competitor in the tournament. Busker was edged only by Division I competitor and former high school teammate, Maddie Herzog of North Dakota State. Busker leads the Wildcats with an average of 80.25 shots over four rounds this fall.
Saint Mary's Annie Lorsung and Megan Larson each recorded career-best rounds for the Saint Mary's women's golf team during last weekend's Wartburg Fall Invitational. Lorsung posted a career-best 92—tying the team's low round for the tournament—while Larson chipped in her best round as a Cardinal, a 93.
St. Olaf junior Solveig Christenson scored back-to-back 78s to lead the Oles at the Wartburg Fall Invite last weekend. Her two-round total of 167 was 13 shots lower than that of her previous weekend at the CSB Invite in Sartell, Minn.
St. Thomas first-year Courtney Shorter enjoyed a solid debut weekend to her college golf career at the CSB Invite, leading the Tommies with rounds of 83 and 81. The Tommies entered the tournament with one senior, two sophomores and a trio of first-year competitors.