MARSHALL - In their final tune-up before the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Fall Championships (Oct. 6-7), the Southwest Minnesota State women's golf team put its conference rivals on alert.
"Most of our conference schools were here this weekend. I think we showed that we can play with them," Mustang head coach Ross Webskowski said.
The Mustangs earned a tie for fifth place at the 15th annual Mustang Invite at Marshall Golf Club over the weekend. Following Saturday's team score of 336 with Sunday's 322, the Mustangs placed themselves 49 strokes behind the team tournament champion of Augustana College (S.D.), which carded a team score of 624 to capture its third consecutive Mustang Invite team championship.
Photo by Travis Andries
SMSU senior Katelyn Schwartz watches her putt on the 18th green during the second round of the 2012 Mustang Invite at Marshall Golf Club on Sunday.
Schwartz shot a 93 on Sunday and finished in a tie for 95th at 188.
"Now we just need to minimize some of our scores and be able to post four good scores a day," Webskowski said. "We're getting three good scores right now, we're missing that fourth. If we're able to do that in a couple of weeks, I think we'll be able to put ourselves in a position to win the conference tournament."
The Mustangs were led by Marissa Campeau's 36-hole score of 161 that placed her just outside the top ten individuals.
"Marissa played pretty consistent both days," Webskowski said.
High winds and cool temperatures prevented all but seven golfers from shooting in the 70s on Saturday. With the winds diminished and thermometer risen, 19 golfers carded scores under 80 on Sunday. Included in that group was SMSU's Krista Weiszhaar, whose scores of 86 and 77 placed her in a tie for 18th, and second on the Mustangs.
"Krista played well today," Webskowski said. "She struggled yesterday, which was really the first time all year that she had struggled. But she was able to battle and find a way to manage her score."
Third for the Mustangs was freshman Emaleigh Vreeman at 167. Vreeman shot an 81 on Sunday to place 35th overall.
"Emaleigh shot a really good score today, as a freshman," Webskowski said. "She really needed that. She shot an 81 and really had an opportunity to get into the 70s. She had one bad hole, but other than that I thought she played really well."
The fourth score for the Mustangs came from Rachel Patnoe, who recorded a 168 over 36 holes and finished the tournament in a tie for 36th place.
Emily Kvidera took medalist honors at the Mustang Invite by shooting a 146. Her 2-under 70 on Sunday tied a Mustang Invite record for low round, and helped pace Augustana to its first-place team finish. The Vikings saw four individuals place in the top 10. No other team had more than one.
Concordia-St. Paul saw a 28-stroke improvement carry the team from eighth place after Saturday into a second-place finish at 646. Minnesota State-Mankato finished with a two-day score of 648, good enough for third place. Wisconsin-Eau Claire fell two spots from its Day 1 standing of second after recording a 331 on Sunday and 656 for the tournament. Northwest Missouri State and SMSU finished tied at 658 to round out the top five teams.
SMSU has two weeks to prepare for the NSIC Fall Championships at The Classic at Madden's near Brainerd. In order to be in the hunt for a title in resort country, the Mustangs will need to spend more time saving par than saving for bogey.
"We put ourselves in position where we can't put ourselves or where it's going to be hard to just get a bogey out of it," Webskowski said. "I think we need to do a better job of avoiding those spots."
Team Results: 1. Augustana 315-309-624; 2. Concordia-St. Paul 337-309-646; 3. Minnesota State-Mankato 331-317-648; 4. Wisconsin-Eau Claire 325-331-656; t-5. Northwest Missouri State 336-322-658; t-5. Southwest Minnesota State 336-322-658; 7. Concordia-Moorhead 336-331-667; t-8. Sioux Falls 329-341-670; t-8. Upper Iowa 345-325-670; 10. Missouri Western 349-327-676; 11. Winona State 345-338-683; 12. Bemidji State 340-348-688; 13. St. Cloud State 342-348-690; 14. Minnesota State-Moorhead 355-338-693; 15. Central Missouri 346-360-706; 16. Minnesota-Crookston 386-406-792; 17. Wayne State 417-398-815.
Top Individuals: 1. Emily Kvidera (Augustana) 76-70-146; 2. Monica Enderlin (C-SP) 81-71-152; 3. Jennifer Pederson (Augustana) 75-79-154; 4. Kate Engler (W-EC) 77-78-155; 5. Paige Schmidt (Winona State) 76-81-157; t-6. Olivia Knutson (BSU) 80-78-158; t-6. Sadie Martin (Augustana) 81-77-158; t-8. Steph Charteris (NWMS) 82-77-159; t-8. Kanyapa Sethasompobe (MSU-Mankato) 81-78-159; t-8. Marisa Toivonen (Augustana) 81-78-159.
SMSU Individual Results: t-11. Marissa Campeau 82-79-161; t-18. Krista Weiszhaar 86-77-163; 35. Emaleigh Vreeman 86-81-167; t-36. Rachel Patnoe 83-85-168; t-43. Abby Gruber 85-84-169; t-66. Becky Koepp 85-89-174; t-66. Haley Thomas 88-86-174; t-71. Haley Gudim 92-85-177; t-88. Trisha Kienitz 91-94-185; t-95. Katelyn Schwartz 95-93-188.