The Gustavus women’s golf team made a strong statement to the NCAA Championship selection committee with a 41-stroke win over second place St. Thomas at the Minnesota Women’s Collegiate Golf Association Invitational (MWCGA). The tournament was played at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker, Minnesota. The Gusties were led by Kali Griggs (So., Burnsville, Minn.) who finished first with a 36-hole total of 76-73–149. The 18-hole total of 297 on Sunday set a new school record bettering the old mark of 308 set in the 2006 MWGCA Invitational and the first-round of the 2008 MWGCA Invitational.
Rachel Roberg (Sr., Rice Lake, Wis.) finished one shot behind Griggs with a two-day total score of 78-72–150, while Katie Schenfeld (Fy., Indianola, Iowa) shot a score of 74-77–151 to finish tied for third place. Schenfeld was also named the MWCGA First-Year Golfer of the Year. Kimbra Kosak (Jr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) posted a second round 75 for a two-day total of 155. Amanda Johnson (So., Bemidji, Minn.) rounded out the team score with a two-day total of 82-83–165. Individually, Lauren Runsvold (Jr., Fargo, N.D.) posted a total of 91-83–174, Sarah Tracy (Sr., Mahtomedi, Minn.) turned in a score of 89-87–176, and Kerri Groff (Fy., Bloomington, Minn.) finished with a score of 98-95–193.
The third-ranked Gusties will wait to so whether they will be taking part in the 2008 NCAA Championships, which will take place at Centennial Oaks Golf Course in Waverly, Iowa. Gustavus has made a strong statement this spring with a pair of first place finishes at the Wartburg Invitational and this weekend in convincing fashion over second-ranked St. Thomas. The Gusties also won three tournaments this fall, including the Wartburg Invitational, the Division III Midwest Classic, and the Best Western Riverport Classic.