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ISSUE 116 VOL 19 PUBLISHED 5/9/2003

Golf takes first at Carleton

By Julie Gunderson
Sports Editor

Friday, May 9, 2003

The women’s golf team completed a successful spring season by taking first place at the Carleton Invitational held Apr. 18-19 at the Northfield Country Club. The team scored a combined 758 over the two days, on a 5801-yard ,par--71 course, to beat second-place finisher Saint Mary’s University by two strokes.

Top individual scorers, Naomi Schwegler ‘04 and Stacia Polzin ’05, both shot a 185 for the tournament and tied for fifth place overall. Britt Bunke ’06, Heather Mattson ’03, Abby Sprenger ’04, and Kerry Rollwagen ’05 all finished in the top 20.

"It was a great win for us," Abby Sprenger said. "We had some great individual performances and we all just seemed to be playing really well."

The Northfield Country Club, which serves as the Oles’ home course, aided the team in the tournament.

"It really helped," Schwegler said. "Just to be familiar with the course and know the different shots you’ll be facing, it really makes it easier out there."

The team also competed in the Minnesota State Tournament held Apr. 26-27, where they didn’t fare quite as well. Without Schwegler and Sprenger, who were taking the M-CAT exam, the team took sixth place out of seven teams.

The spring season has proved beneficial for the team as they work to improve on their fifth place finish in the MIAC last fall.

"It’s been brief," Schwegler said. "But we have gotten a lot accomplished and we are optimistic for next season."

The Oles, who will have only one senior next year, team captain Heather Mattson, will be led by Schwegler and Sprenger.

"Our goal is to finish in the top two or three in the conference," Sprenger said. ‘"Just looking at who is coming back next year and looking around at what the other teams in the conference situation is, we feel this is a very realistic goal."

The team also had the opportunity to travel to Palm Springs, Calif. for a spring break trip. The Oles were able to get in five rounds on the Palm Springs courses.

"It was a great week," Sprenger said. "The weather is usually so bad up here in the spring, so it was nice to get out in the nice weather and play some rounds."

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