Mankato, Minn. – The Gustavus Adolphus women’s golf team showed much improvement from day one to day two, yet couldn’t catch Minnesota State University, Mankato on the final day of the Gustavus Fall Invitational. The Gusties finished with a two-day team total of 643 (+63) to take second place out of a field of eight teams. MSU, Mankato won the tournament with a 636 (+56) after back-to-back 318s. Rounding out the top three was St. Thomas in third with a 652 (+72).
Day one of the Gustavus Fall Invite was held at the Le Sueur Country Club, while Sunday’s final round was held at North Links Golf Course in Mankato.
After leading the Gusties on day one, senior Kayleigh Dittes (Eden Prairie, Minn.) stayed the course on day two. Dittes improved three strokes with a 77 (+5) on the final day, finishing fourth overall with a 157 (+12).
Dittes and three other Gusties cracked the top 10. Olivia Tusa (Fy., Hermantown, Minn.) improved six strokes from day one to day two with a 78 (+6), recording her best finish of the season after shooting a 162 (+17) to place sixth. Behind Tusa was Sam Falk (So., Glenwood, Minn.) and Liz Strom (So., Fargo, N.D.) who both placed eighth alongside two other golfers. Both Falk and Strom shot a 78 (+6) on day two to finish with a 163 (+18).
Winning the tournament was MSU, Mankato’s Kanya Sethasompobe who went 77-75-152 (+7). Finishing in a tie for second place in front of Dittes with two day scores of 156 (+11) was Alyssa Kalthoff of MSU, Mankato and Doyle O’Brien of St. Thomas.
It’s now go-time for the Gustavus women’s golf team as it will compete in the 2012 MIAC Championships this weekend. The MIAC Championships will be held at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn. on Oct. 6-8.