Eight Iowa Conference championships
PEOSTA—The Central College women’s golf team closed out its nontraditional spring season with a fourth-place 495 at the Loras Invitational after the second round was canceled due to inclement weather.
Teams did not complete Sunday’s first round at the par-71, 4,830-yard course at Thunder Hills Country Club until Monday morning, at which point it was decided that the invitational would be shortened to one round.
“I hoped we would finish the season a bit better, but it didn’t play out that way,” coach Tim Wilkinson said. “The weather definitely impacted play this weekend. It was a frustrating couple of days, but we gave it our best effort.”
Junior Taylor Hill (Treynor) and sophomore Chelsey Shuey (Ames) battled through the tough conditions, each carding 93 to tie for eighth place individually. Sophomore Rachel Cassens (Stockton, Ill.) finished with 97, while classmates Jill Huffman (Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) and Nichole Malott (Tipton) each shot 106.
Luther College posted the lowest first-round score with 457, followed by Coe’s 473 and Wis.-Platteville’s 481. Coe’s Erin Lang (85) edged Wis.-Platteville’s Sydney Kilcoin by one stroke for medalist honors.
The invitational caps the 2013-14 campaign. Central placed second at the Iowa Conference tournament in late September-early October, with Hill and junior Kelsey Van Tasell (Pella) earning all-league recognition.
“We will talk about ways to get better over the summer and how to better compete for a conference championship,” said Wilkinson. “That’s our focus heading into next year.”
The Dutch return their entire roster in 2014-15.