The Gustavus women’s golf team held on to the lead in day two to win the Georgianni Memorial Invite on Sunday, Sept. 4. The Gusties shot a 335 in day two for a two-day total 653 (+73). St. Olaf, who shot the best round of the day at 326, finished in second place with a 655 (+75), while UW-Eau Claire rounded out the top-three in third, shooting a 658 (+78). The tournament was held at the Wild Ridge and Mill Run Golf Courses in Eau Claire, Wis.
Gustavus’ Kayleigh Dittes (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Ann Jackson (Fargo, N.D.) were the top golfers on the squad. Dittes shot a 78-83-161 (+16) to finish fifth and Jackson fired a 78-84-162 (+17) to take sixth. Both Dittes’ and Jackson’s finishes this weekend were the highest of their career at the season-opening UW-Eau Claire Invite.
Mary Welch of UW-Stevens Point won the tournament with a 73-83-156 (+11), holding the top spot after finishing day one in first place. Taylor Wells of Carleton finished runner-up (157, +12) and Kathryn Hauff took third (159, +14).
Taylor Drenttel (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) and Liz Strom (Fargo, N.D.) shot an identical 81-84-165 (+20) to place 13th. Rikka Holiday capped off the team in 22nd with an 81-88-169 (+24).
Gustavus’ second team finished tied for 10th with a 335-360-695 (+115). Sam Falk (Glenwood, Minn.) was the top finisher on the squad, placing 20th with a 75-92-167 (+22). Jordan Drenttel (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) shot a 174 (t-37th), Jessica Skaare (Blue Earth, Minn.) knocked a 175 (t-41st), Lauren Johnson (Plymouth, Minn.) shot a 179 (t-58th), and Taylor Grimm (Pine City, Minn.) fired a 199 (t-97th).
The Gusties will be back on the links Sept. 11-12 at the O’Brien National Invitational held in South Bend, Ind. Participating in the 2011 O’Brien National Invitational will be Methodist University, DePauw University, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Gustavus Adolphus College, Allegheny College, Centre College, Baldwin-Wallace College, George Fox University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the host Saint Mary’s College.