NORTHFIELD, Minn.––The entire starting five of the Carleton College women’s golf team has earned All-MIAC honors, and Shannon Holden (Fy./Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) was named rookie of the year in post-season awards announced by the conference office today.
Four of the Knights earned the all-conference honors by virtue of finishing inside the top 10 at last fall’s MIAC Championships: Holden, Kelsey Moede (Jr./Lake Oswego, Ore.), Grace Gilmore (So./Edina, Minn.) and Geraldine Tellbuescher (Fy./Ashiya, Japan/Canadian Academy). Junior Taylor Wells (Rochester, Minn./Century) was voted on the team after missing the fall season on a study abroad experience in Namibia.
Holden led the MIAC in scoring average at 79.0, a new Carleton single-season record. The freshman sensation won the MIAC Championships by three strokes back in October and added five other top-five finishes in 10 tournaments this season. She never lost to a single MIAC opponent, other than a fellow teammate, after September 22. She is the third Carleton player to earn MIAC rookie of the year honors, joining Hope Keaney ’13 (2009-10) and Gina Kabasakalis ’15 (2011-12).
In seven rounds this spring, Wells posted an 81.1 stroke average, ranking her fourth overall in the conference. She tallied a trio of top-10 finishes in four starts, highlighted by her fourth-place finish at the UC-Santa Cruz Invite with rounds of 79-76—155. It’s the third straight year she’s earned All-MIAC honors, the first Carleton player to achieve that distinction. Moede, who finished sixth at the MIAC Championships, ended the season with an 82.2 stroke average, ranking her 10th in the conference. She finished inside the top 10 in half of her tournaments and earned All-MIAC honors for the second straight season.
Gilmore, a first-time all-conference honoree, made a huge improvement in 2013-14. She lowered her stroke average by almost five full shots, placed seventh at the conference tournament and then won the Blugold Spring Invite to cap the season for her first collegiate win. She tallied six top-10 finishes this season. Tellbuescher, meanwhile, used a 10th-place finish at the MIAC Championships to catapult herself into a widely successful spring season that saw her finish inside the top five for the last four events of the spring season. She ended the year with an 81.6 stroke average, sixth-best in the conference, but her spring average of 79.9 was second lowest in the conference, bettered only by teammate Holden.
For the second time in his career, head coach Eric Sieger was voted as MIAC coach of the year, sharing the award with Sara Evens of St. Thomas. The Knights finished runner-up by a single shot to the Tommies at the MIAC Championships, set a new school record with a 323.9 stroke average, set new teams records throughout the season for lowest 18-, 36- and 54-hole team scores, and won their final two events of the season (Carleton Invitational, Blugold Spring Invitational). The Knights led the conference in scoring average and finished the regular season ranked 13th in the Women’s Golf Coaches Association/Golf World poll. It’s the second time Sieger has been named conference coach of the year, as he won the award in 2007-08.
As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the conference also announced the annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for golf. Members are selected by coaches and teammates and are those who demonstrate positive sportsmanship ideals on and off the field of competition. Carleton’s representative on the squad is sophomore Mara Daly (St. Louis Park, Minn.).