The Gustavus women’s golf team will look to three-peat as MIAC Team Champions at the 2010 MIAC Championship held Oct. 2-4 at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn. Despite the loss of three-time All-American Kali Griggs, head coach Scott Moe returns three of his top players from last season in Katie Schenfeld (Indianola, Iowa), Taylor Drenttel (Eagen, Minn.), and Ann Jackson (Fargo, N.D.). All three earned All-Conference honors by finishing in the top ten at the 2009 MIAC Championship, while Schenfeld and Drenttel were named NGCA All-Americans at the conclusion of last season.
Senior Katie Schenfeld enters as the top Gustavus golfer. The two-time NCGA All-American, three-time All-Conference performer, and reigning MIAC Champion, leads the Gusties with an 78.3 (+6) average per round. She has registered first place finishes at the Georgianni Memorial UWEC Invite on Sept. 4-5 and SMSU Mustang Invite on Sept. 26 so far this season. Ann Jackson enters with an 82.3 (+10) average, while Taylor Drenttel follows next in line with an 82.6 (+10). Jackson finished sixth and Drenttel finished third at the MIAC Championship last season. Coach Moe would like to see more consistency from his squad but feels it is in good position heading in the conference tournament. Adding depth will be Kayleigh Dittes (Eden Prairie, Minn.) (84.6 avg./per round), Rikka Holiday (Bozeman, Mont.) (87.6 avg./per round), Nicole Tetrault (Forest Lake, Minn.) (87.6 avg./per round), and Jessica Skaare (Blue Earth, Minn.) (96.5 avg./per round).
The Gusties have had their ups-and-downs this fall, however the team has still been quite competitive recording three top-three finishes in four tournaments. Gustavus placed second at the UW-Eau Claire Invite (665), third at both the Wartburg Fall Invitational (674) and SMSU Mustang Invite (637), and fifth at the O’Brien National Invitational (652). As a team, the Gusties are averaging 327.2 strokes per round, with a low round of 311.
The Gusties enter the MIAC Championship ranked fifth in the nation according to the most recent World Golf/NGCA Golf Coaches’ Poll. For a complete look at the Division III Top-25 go to http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-tours-news/blogs/college-golf/