Braun wins Titan Classic, UW-Stout takes Team Crown
UW-Oshkosh‘s Hannah Braun was selected as the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week after winning the individual title in a 12-team tournament the Titans hosted Sept. 2-3 at the Oshkosh Country Club.
Braun, a third-place finisher a year ago, won this year’s UW-Oshkosh Titan Classic by five strokes over Illinois Wesleyan’s Maggie Warrner. Braun captured her first collegiate victory with 155 strokes (9-over-par) while Warrner finished second with 160.
After recording an 82 in the first round, Braun responded with a tournament-low 73 during the second. She led all players with 21 pars and shared this year’s top listing for birdies with four.
Rounding out the top five golfers were UW-Stout‘s Rachel Hernandez and Illinois Wesleyan’s Jenna DeMay. Hernandez finished fourth among the 71 golfers with 165 strokes while DeMay placed fifth with 168. UW-Oshkosh’s Micayla Richards also tallied 168 strokes, but settled for sixth place after losing a NCAA scoring tiebreaker with DeMay. Richards concluded the tournament with 16 pars and two birdies.
Defending WIAC champion UW-Stout totaled 666 strokes (82-over-par) to end UW-Oshkosh’s two-year reign as champion of the UW-Oshkosh Titan Classic.
The Blue Devils led UW-Oshkosh and Illinois Wesleyan University by one stroke, 340-341, after the first round before pulling away with a tournament-low 326 strokes during the second.
Grinnell sets New Record, Sinha earns Conference Honors
The Grinnell College women’s golf team scorched the home course with a school-record score on its way to a 309-356 victory over William Penn University Sunday.
The Pioneers’ previous best score was 313, established last fall at the Illinois Wesleyan University Fall Classic.
Vrishali Sinha grabbed the individual victory with a 1-under-par 71, shooting a 1-under 35 on the front nine holes and an even 36 on the back.
Twin sister Vidushi Sinha was close behind with a 1-over 73, including an even-par 36 on the back nine. Danielle Oberlander completed Grinnell’s 1-2-3 sweep, taking third with a 79.
Julia Echikson placed fifth for Grinnell with an 86 and Samanike Hengst was eighth at 91.
Vrishali, from Gurgaon, Haryana, India, has been named Midwest Conference Performer of the Week, is an All-American, and a two-time All-Region selection.
Grinnell is poised for a huge season, with both All-Americans Vidushi and Vrishali Sinha returning for their junior seasons. Vidushi (74.3) and Vrishali (75.3) were ranked No. 3 and 6, respectively, in Division III stroke average a year ago. They were also ranked first and second in the Central Region last year and each has captured a Midwest Conference individual championship.
Grinnell claimed the Midwest Conference team championship for the fourth consecutive time last fall, shooting a tourney-record three-day score of 981. Vrishali Sinha finished with a 221, 14 strokes better than the previous conference record.
The Pioneers will also return All-Conference performer Julia Echikson who finished eighth at the MWC championships as a first-year.
Kostermann Medalist at Luther Sail Classic, named IIAC Athlete of the Week
Wartburg junior Brooke Klostermann was named the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference‘s Female Athlete of the Week and top weekly performer for women’s golf in an announcement from the conference office today.
Klosterman won her second-straight Luther Sail Classic Tournament shooting a 68 in the final round to break her own school record for 18 and 36 holes (141 two-day score).
No stranger to the top spot on the leaderboard, this marks the seventh individual medalist honor of Klostermann’s career. She has finished as the IIAC runner-up in her first two seasons, played in Nationals her freshman year, and holds the program’s scoring average record at 78.1. In addition, she holds the mark for the two lowest season averages
As a team, Wartburg took third of the 10 teams with a team total of 637 (325-312).
Host Luther won the team title carding a 618.