WAVERLY, Iowa--Irving Berlin’s famous line of “Anything you can do I can do better; I can do anything better than you” from the 1946 Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun might not have originally been about the Carleton College women’s golf team, but it certainly has applied in the early-going for the Knights.
Carleton recorded its two lowest rounds in school history on the weekend, rookie Gina Kabasakalis (Fy./Alameda, Calif./College Prep) finished tied for second with the lowest 36-hole total in school history and the Knights finished third at the Wartburg Invitational.
Kabasakalis’ final score topped classmate Taylor Wells’ (Fy./Rochester, Minn./Century) 36-hole record set a week ago.
The Knights tallied a school-record 318 in the first round, headlined by Kabsakalis matching Wells’ single-round record from a week ago with a two-over par 74. The youthful Knights, with four first-year players in its five-player starting line-up, backed it up with a second-round 319, ending at 637, shattering the previous 36-hole school mark by 24 strokes. Carleton ended third behind host Wartburg at 629 and No. 20 St. Olaf at 631. All three teams (Carleton, St. Olaf and Wartburg) played in the final pairing and posted identical 319’s on Sunday.
The rookie from California struggled a bit in the second round but still managed to post an 80 and finished four shots back at 154, besting Wells’ 157 from last week.
Wells, meanwhile, rallied in the final round. Battling an illness in the first round, she posted an 80 under ideal scoring conditions. In the tougher second-round conditions, though, she played a flawless front nine in even par, and cruised home with a 76 to finish at 156, one better than her 36-hole total from a week ago.
“I was so pleased with our play today, especially over the final nine holes,” Carleton head coach Eric Sieger said. He noted the Knights played the par-4 12th, the toughest hole in the tournament, in even par amongst in four scoring players in the final round, while the same four played the last three holes a combined one-over par.
It was a total team effort, Sieger said, as Traci Johnson (Sr./Lakeville, Minn./North) overcame a horrific front nine by playing the final nine holes in even par to post an 81, ending at 161 to finish T18th. It marked her 36-hole career best by three shots. Kelsey Moede (Fy./Lake Oswego, Ore.) made a key decision to abandon her driver midway through the round in an effort to hit more fairways and made it home with a 10-over 82.
Sophia Roman (Fy./Portland, Ore./Catlin Gabel) had her two best rounds as a collegian, posting 93-92––185, and had a chance to break 90 in the final round before an unfortunate turn of events on her penultimate hole.
“All of our freshmen have really made a seamless adjustment to the college game, and to have two young guns at the top of our line-up in Gina and Taylor is a real luxury,” Sieger said. “With the way the middle of our line-up, especially Traci and Kelsey, have played have made us pretty formidable.”
The Knights are back in action, hosting the Division 3 Classic on Saturday and Sunday at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, Minn. Tee times on Saturday begin at 12 noon, with Carleton in the opening groups.