NORTHFIELD, Minn.––Taylor Wells (So./Rochester, Minn./Century) posted a final-round, 10-over par 82 to finish in a tie for sixth and Kelsey Moede (So./Lake Oswego, Ore.) recorded her eighth top-10 finish in nine tournaments as No. 23 Carleton College ended up sixth at its home spring invitational.
Wells finished the 36-hole event at 18-over par 162, 10 shots back of tournament medalist Catherine Wagner of UW-Eau Claire. Moede struggled a bit in the final round, tallying an 84 to end at 164 and in solo eighth.
The Knights had a final-round 357, their highest score in more than two seasons, and ended at 703, the first time they’ve shot above 700 in a 36-hole event since the 2011 Carleton Invitational.
Grace Gilmore (Fy./Edina, Minn.) shot a final-round 91 and finished in a tie for 23rd at 176 while Mara Daly (Fy./St. Louis Park, Minn.) added a 100 on day two for a total of 201.
“Obviously, it wasn’t the type of day we wanted,” Carleton head coach Eric Sieger said. “I think we pressed a little bit and tried to make things happen, rather than relaxing and trusting ourselves. It doesn’t help that we haven’t been able to practice or play outside hardly at all this spring, but the other teams are in the same situation, so that’s not really an excuse. We simply didn’t have it this weekend, and golf is like that sometimes.”
Wagner, the defending individual national champion and Minnesota native, significantly helped her chances of returning to the NCAA Championships with her first win since that national tournament win last May in Indiana. Wagner used a final-round, five-over par 77 to finish at eight-over par 152. She passed first-round leader Molly Erickson of St. Olaf College, who ended one shot back at 153 after her final-round 79. Ironically, Erickson finished runner-up to Wagner at last year’s national tournament.
The 10th-ranked Oles posted a second day 324 and won the event by 13 shots over No. 22 UW-Eau Claire by tallying a 645 two-day total. After the BluGolds’ 658, No. 15 Gustavus Adolphus College ended at 672, eight clear of No. 21 University of St. Thomas at 680. The College of St. Benedict edged the Knight by one shot, finishing at 702.
The Knights will complete their 2012-13 season by participating in the Gustavus Quadrangular on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5 at Le Sueur Country Club in Le Sueur, Minn., on Saturday and North Links Golf Club in Mankato, Minn., on Sunday. Tee times are slated to being at 1:52 p.m. on Saturday and at 10 a.m. on Sunday.