The Gustavus Adolphus College women’s golf team will open its spring season this weekend at the Spring Best Western Riverport Inn Invitational in Winona, Minn. The competition is hosted by Winona State University and will take place at Cedar Valley Golf Club. The two-day event will begin on Saturday, April 9 with a tee-off time of 11:30 a.m.
The Gusties finished the 2004 fall season ranked first in the region and are currently ranked fifth in the nation by the National Golf Coaches Association. Head Coach Scott Moe’s squad won its first three tournaments this fall and finished second at the MIAC Championships. “We had a good fall and we will face strong competition this spring and will need to perform well to get back to the NCAA Championships,” Coach Moe commented.
Top returners for Gustavus are Kelli Groff (Junior, Bloomington, Minn.), Kelsey Getz (Senior, Mendota Heights, Minn.) and Alana Reetz (Junior, Milaca, Minn.). Groff fired a 14-over par 160 with consistent rounds of 80 each day to capture individual medalist honors at the 2004 MIAC Championships. The two-time all-conference honoree became the second Gustie in school history to win individual conference champion honors.
Getz added her third all-conference honor this fall by placing ninth overall at the conference championships. Getz holds the lowest single round score in school history with a 75, which she recorded in the spring of 2004. Reetz recorded her top performance this fall in the UW-Eau Claire Invite. The junior shot a two-round total of 86-77–163 to finish in fourth place overall. Her score of 77 was the lowest score in the second round and helped the Gusties win the opening competition of the season.
A strong addition to the Gustie line up this spring will be Rachel Roberg (First-year, Rice Lake, Wis.). Roberg transferred from Division II Southern Illinois and is expected to step into the line-up right away.
Head coach Scott Moe’s squad will compete in the Carleton Invitational in Northfield, Minn. April 16-17. “This will be the only time we will compete against some Iowa schools this spring and it will help us gauge where we are in comparison to those teams in our region.”
Gustavus’ season also includes a dual-meet versus Minnesota State University, Mankato on April 20 and the Minnesota Women’s Collegiate Golf Association Championships April 23-24. The spring season will conclude with the NCAA Championships that will take place May 10-13.