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Kabasakalis, Knights Second at ACM Invitational

September 25, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Gina Kabasakalis, women's golf action 

HASTINGS, Minn.––Gina Kabasakalis (Fy./Alameda, Calif./College Prep) fired a final-round, five-over par 78, leading Carleton College to a second-place finish at its own ACM Invitational.

Kabasakalis fired back-to-back rounds of 78, and ended at 11-over 156, one off her own 36-hole school record set two weeks ago at the Wartburg Invitational. Her last three rounds have all been in the 70s, the first time a Carleton golfer has accomplished the feat since Kassie Wells ’07 in September 2005.

“Gina was very solid this weekend,” Carleton head coach Eric Sieger said. “She made very good decisions, hit the ball pretty well and her short game was there when she needed it.”

The Knights, who posted a school home-course record 331 on Saturday at Northfield Golf Club, used a final-round 335 at Bellwood Oaks Golf Club to move past No. 19 Wartburg College and into second place, the first time all season the Carleton Knights have topped the Wartburg Knights. The 666 aggregate ties the fourth-best 36-hole effort in school history, giving this year’s team four of the top nine 36-hole scores in school history. No. 20 St. Olaf College rode a final-round 318 to post a 645 and win the event, fueled by individual medalist Molly Erickson’s back-to-back 77s. Carleton’s second-place finish was its best of the season and its third top-four finish in four events this season.

Two other Knights snuck inside the top 10. Taylor Wells (Fy./Rochester, Minn./Century) posted consecutive 84s, finishing tied for eighth at 168 while Traci Johnson (Sr./Lakeville, Minn./North) added an 87 to Saturday’s 82 to end at 169 and a tie for 10th. Kelsey Moede (Fy./Lake Oswego, Ore.) ended at 173 to finish 17th.

“Both Traci and Taylor struggled in the ball-striking department today, and really for Taylor all weekend,” Sieger said. “I was proud of the way they battled, along with Kelsey, to post a decent score without hitting it that well. “

The tournament was the final tune-up for the Knights as the dash of the fall golf season ends with next weekend’s MIAC Championships at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn., Saturday-Monday, October 1-3.

“We have some things to work on this week in practice, but I feel good about where we are heading into the conference tournament,” Sieger said.