The Gustavus women’s golf team held off long-time nemesis St. Thomas to win the first MIAC Championship in the program’s history on Monday afternoon at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids, Minn. The Gusties fired a 54-hole total of 324-333-323–980 to finish nine strokes ahead of St. Thomas, which posted a total of 328-335-326–989. Senior Kimbra Kosak (Grand Rapids, Minn.) tied for second individually with a total of 80-84-79–243.
Kosak was among four Gustie golfers who earned All-Conference honors by finishing in the top ten individually. The other three were junior Kali Griggs (Burnsville, Minn.), who tied for sixth with a total of 86-79-79–244, sophomore Katie Schenfeld (Indianola, Iowa), who tied for sixth with a total of 80-85-79–244, and first year Taylor Drenttel (Eagan, Minn.), who finished eighth with a total of 78-87-86–251. Rounding out the squad for Gustavus was senior Lauren Runsvold (Fargo, N.D.), who tied for 18th with a total of 89-85-90–264.
By virtue of winning the MIAC Championship, Gustavus earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships which will be held May 13-16 at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Gusties are ranked #2 in the most recent National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) poll.
The Gusties finally broke the door down in their quest to win a MIAC Title after finishing second for four consecutive years to the Tommies.