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ISSUE 118 VOL 17 PUBLISHED 4/22/2005

Showers sour invite

By Julie Gunderson
Executive Editor

Friday, April 22, 2005

Mother Nature wreaked havoc on the golf schedule last weekend, but she couldn’t prevent the Ole women from placing second in the shortened, 27-hole Carleton Spring Invitational held at the Northfield Golf Club.

Amy Springer ’08 was the team’s top finisher, shooting a 139, on the par-72, 5,801-yard course, which was good enough for fifth place overall. Springer was joined by fellow first year Anna Johnson, who also finished in the top 10, shooting 142.

“We’re happy with how we played considering the conditions on Saturday,” Springer said.

Steady rain and wind plagued day one of competition and caused the tournament to split in half. Carleton, Gustavus, St. Thomas and St. Ben’s chose to play the full 36-hole tournament, while St. Olaf, Augsburg, St. Mary’s and Macalester opted for the shortened 27-hole tournament, stopping play after nine holes on Saturday and coming back to play the full 18 on Sunday.

Augsburg won the 27-hole tournament with a 541, shooting a final-round 357. The Auggies' Marisa Navarro won the meet with a 128, shooting 85 on Sunday.

The 36-hole event featured three nationally-ranked teams. Ninth-ranked St. Thomas won for the second consecutive week, shooting a two-day total of 662, a new tournament record.The nation's number four team, Gus-tavus, was second at 671, followed by 19th-ranked Carleton at 714.

The Carleton Invite was the Oles’ first competition of the spring; they will conclude their short season this weekend at the State Tournament held at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker, Minn.

“It’s a short season but we just try to make the best of the two weeks,” Springer said. “We’re just trying to improve as we go along, and hopefully lower our scores for this weekend’s tournament.”

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