Doane Host GPAC Championships
Doane College was this year's host for the GPAC Women's Golf Championship. The meet was held at Wilderness Ridge on October 11 & 12. The Tigers finished in 11th place with a two-day total of 848. Below is a recap from each day.
Day Two - Doane closed out the GPAC Championship on Friday afternoon with a team round of 411, improving on day one's scores. The Tigers were paced by Shea Henderson's 95 and 35th place finish. Megan Redman shot a 100 and finished in 43rd place. Vanessa Munter finished in 48th place and shot a 106. Caitlynn McGreer shot a 110 and finished 52nd while Loria Lei Thunker shot a 134 and finished 53rd. Each player improved on their score from the day before.
The University of Sioux Falls won the team title with a two-day total of 666. Brittnay Hofer was the individual champion with a 151 total over the two days. She shot a 75 on the final round. Dakota Wesleyan, the five-time defending champions, finished second overall.
The course played a little easier overall on Friday, allowing 45 birdies as the average score was 93.96. It was just over a half stroke better than the previous day (94.54). Hole No. 14 proved to be the toughest on day two as the Par 5, 531 yard hole posted the highest score over par. A 7.42 was the average for the golfers. Hole No. 18 was the second toughest, yielding a 5.79 average on the Par 4. The Par 3, No. 15 was the easiest hole on both days, with a Friday average of 3.92.
Day One - Doane opened the GPAC Championship on Thursday afternoon with a team round of 437 and sit in 11th place heading into the final day on Friday. Concordia University sits just in front of the Tigers with a 431.
Doane is the host of this year's championship, with the event being played at Wilderness Ridge GC in Lincoln. The University of Sioux Falls is the first round leader with a team score of 328. Brittnay Hofer (USF) leads the tournament with a round of 76. Kristi Tighe (Morningside) is second after shooting a 78. In the team standings, Dakota Wesleyan is second with a 336. DWU is the five-time defending champions.
For the Tigers, Shea Henderson led the way with a round of 98. She is tied for 37th. Megan Redman posted a 106 and is 45th. Vanessa Munter is tied for 49th after shooting a 112. Caitlynn McGreer shot a 121 and is 53rd while Loria Lei Thunker is 54th with a round of 147.
The average score for the first round was 94.5 or +13. Twenty-seven birdies were recorded along with 243 pars. Seven players are tied with two birdies each, including Redman. As a team, Doane is tied with the third most birdies after the first round.
The final round will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday for the Tigers.