Eau Claire, Wis. – After finishing day one of the Georgianni Memorial Invite in a tie for eighth place, the Gustavus Adolphus women’s golf team kicked it up a notch on day two, enough to propel the Gusties to a fifth place finish in their opening meet of the 2014 fall season. Playing the final round at the Mill Run Golf Course, Gustavus finished Sunday with a score of 321 to complete the tournament with a 656 (+76). Carleton College took the championship by totaling a 628 (+48). UW-Stout came in second with a 651 (+71), while Wartburg College placed third with a 652 (+72).
Jordan Drenttel (Sr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) and Mae Meierhenry (So., Sioux Falls, S.D.) led the Gusties on the weekend by both scoring a 157 (+12), which put the pair in a tie for fourth overall. After opening the tournament with an 85 on Saturday, Meierhenry improved her score by 13 shots on Sunday to finish with an even-par 72. “I had three bogeys and three birdies which made for a solid round today [Sunday]”, said Meierhenry. “I was able to put myself in a good position off the tee and my putter was feeling great. It was fun to put it all together.”
“We had a better day today,” said head coach Scott Moe. “Jordan played well all weekend, and we got some help from Mae today, which was great to see. We need to have more depth next weekend and there’s still a lot of work to be done, but I was pleased with how we closed the gap on the leaders today. We finished in fifth but were only five shots off second place UW-Stout.”
“I was proud of the way our team rallied today,” said Drenttel. “Aside from a few bad holes it was a great day and I’m looking forward to seeing how our team will progress going into Augustana next weekend.”
Winning the tournament was Wartburg’s Rochelle Beardsley who shot a nine-over 154. Shannon Holden of Carleton and Leah Swanson rounded out the top three in a tie for second with 155s (+10).
The Gusties will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Sioux Falls for the Augustana Fall Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.