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ISSUE 121 VOL 16 PUBLISHED 4/11/2008

Golf heating up

By Barrett Kennedy
Sports Editor

Friday, April 11, 2008

The St. Olaf women's golf team hit the links again over the weekend after a six-month layoff commonly called a Minnesota winter. The women managed a seventh-place finish among the 11-school field that comprised the weekend's Wartburg Spring Invitational.

"We were disappointed in our finish, but we are optimistic that there are better things in store for us this spring," head coach Luke Benoit said. "For three of our five players, the Wartburg Invitational was the first round outdoors since October."

Britta Hendrickson '09 and Lizzy Zahn '10 led the way for the Oles both Saturday and Sunday, firing matching scores of 91 and 87 each day respectively. Hendrickson's and Zahn's 178 stroke total over the weekend earned them a 23rd place tie in the 55 player field.

Hendrickson's solid play this weekend continued where she left off back in early October when she finished fourth overall in the MIAC Championship tournament, leading the team to its third-place finish.

Each of St. Olaf's top five golfers posted lower scores on Sunday compared to Saturday. Emily Segar '09 shot 90 on Sunday, following a 94 the previous day, thus providing the team its third-best weekend stroke total and landing her in a tie for 32nd place overall.

Anna Johnson '08 posted consistent results at the Centennial Oaks Golf Course in Waverly, Iowa, shooting 98 Saturday followed by a 97 Sunday.

Alyssa Zuehl '09 compiled a composite score of 205 after shooting 96 on Sunday to round out the Oles' top five scores. This aggregate score is what determines the team's final result. These five women combined to shoot 734 as a team, landing them 23 strokes behind Carleton College which took sixth in the tournament. Fellow MIAC rival Gustavus Adolphus took first as a team, shooting a 648 total which secured its 18-stroke victory over second-place Illinois º.

The fluctuating spring weather caused next weekend's Carleton Invitational to be cancelled, leaving the women with just one remaining tournament until next fall.

The women will compete in the Minnesota Championships held at Pebble Creek Golf Club on April 19 and 20.

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