PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. — Shannon Holden (Fy./Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) carded a three-over par 75 on Sunday and Taylor Wells (Jr./Rochester, Minn./Century) added a 76 in leading the Carleton College women’s golf team to a record 312 team score in the second round of action at the UC-Santa Cruz Spring Invitational. Even the top 18-hole performance in program annals was not enough to vault the No. 20-ranked Knights over a pair of top-15 squads as Carleton finished in third place, 18 shots behind No. 14 George Fox (Ore.) University and a dozen back of No. 12 University of the Redlands.
Today’s final round 312 was a three-shot improvement over the previous 18-hole mark established during the 2012 MIAC Championships. Additionally, Sunday’s spectacular team effort also resulted in the third-best 36-hole score in team history.
“For Taylor to come back in her first tournament and have a performance like that was very outstanding, though nothing that she does really surprises us,” said Carleton head coach Eric Sieger. “It was a top-notch field, with two really, really outstanding teams and lots of good players. For her to finish fourth speaks to the competitive nature that she brings to our team, and we really enjoy that.”
Coupled with her 79 on Saturday, Wells finished with a two-day total of 155. She was one of only four golfers in the field to break 80 for both rounds. She had company among the leaders as teammates Geraldine Tellbuescher (Fy./Ashiya, Japan/Canadian Academy) and Holden also broke into the tourney’s top 10.
Tellbuescher finshed in a tie for sixth after her second-round 80 gave her a tourney total of 159. Holden’s 75 on Sunday was the top score for the Knights in either round. She cut 10 strokes off her opening-round tally and posted a weekend total of 160 shots, tied for ninth.
“Shannon had a good bounce-back round,” said Sieger. “She was out of sorts on Saturday but was rock solid on Sunday, so that was good to see.
“Geraldine had a great week and played solid the entire tournament. She probably handled the weather best of anybody yesterday and kind of hung on today and was able to post a good score.”
Sydney Maluenda of George Fox carded a tournament-best 73 on Sunday to grab medalist honors with a six-over par 150 for her two days work. Her teammate Loreece Magsanide matched first-round leader Hannah Durette of Redlands for second, three strokes back.
Kelsey Moede (Jr./Lake Oswego, Ore.) was the fourth scorer for Carleton, adding an 81 on Sunday, a six-shot improvement from the opening round. Grace Gilmore (So./Edina, Minn.) added an 83 for the Knights, Maggie Corso (Fy./Palos Park, Ill./Providence Catholic) tallied an 87, and Mara Daly (So./St. Louis Park, Minn.) posted her second consecutive 93.
“We were rusty competitive-wise,” said Sieger. “We played a lot of golf this week, but that round yesterday was our first competitive round in almost six months and it showed. Against two outstanding teams like George Fox and Redlands, you can’t be off. They are really good teams, and we knew that but came up a little bit short. We’ll try again next week at Washington University.”