WAVERLY, Iowa—Shannon Holden (So./Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) fired a career-best one-over par 73, Geraldine Tellbuescher (So./Ashiya, Japan/Canadian Academy) broke the 36-hole school record, and Carleton College won its fourth straight event by posting a school record final-round 300 team score at the Wartburg Invitational.
The Knights’ 604 total bested the 36-hole school record set a week ago, as their 12-over par final round expanded their first-round lead and pushed the winning margin to 11 shots over St. Thomas (615). UW-Stout finished third at 620.
“It was an amazing weekend. Obviously the course was scoreable for the field, but we were just rock solid and comfortable taking it low,” Carleton head coach Eric Sieger said. “St. Thomas played a great round today, but our depth and quality of that depth is tough to match.”
Tellbuescher was brilliant all weekend. After an opening 73 left her one shot back of first place, she played the front nine in even par. Only three bogeys over the final nine holes kept her from her first collegiate victory, as she ended one shot behind UST’s Erin Dingmann. Tellbuescher hit 16 greens in regulation in breaking her own 36-hole school scoring record by two shots, as she posted a four-over par 148.
“Geraldine was so confident all weekend,” Sieger said. “She basically made no mistakes, and it was great to see her play so well.”
Holden, who birdied the first three holes of the day, broke her previous career low by two shots and ended in a tie for fifth with Kelsey Moede (Sr./Lake Oswego, Ore.) at eight-over par 152. Taylor Wells (Sr./Rochester, Minn./Century) also rebounded from a first-round 80, shaving five shots off her score to post a 75. She and Grace Gilmore (Jr./Edina, Minn.) both ended tied for ninth at 155.
“Everyone was really amazing this weekend, but the thing I’m most impressed with is our hunger to improve,” Sieger said. “After the round we were already talking about what things we need to work on this week. We know we’ll continue to see great competition, so having that mindset is important.”
The Knights will host the D3 Classic at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, Minn., next Saturday and Sunday.