WAVERLY, Iowa--Kelsey Moede (Fy./Lake Oswego, Ore.) posted a career-best six-over par 78 in the final round, ending at 13-over par 157 to finish runner-up at the Wartburg Invitational.
It marked Moede's highest career finish and her second straight top 10. She finished two shots back of Gustavus senior Taylor Drenttel, edging Wartburg senior Paige Klostermann by one shot.
"Kelsey was just rock solid all day," Carleton head coach Eric Sieger said. Moede hit 12 greens in regulation, and while she didn't record any birdies after tallying three in yesterday's first round, she didn't have any score over a bogey. She was especially steady down the stretch, hitting the final five greens in parring all five holes.
"The entire team saw this coming, so it was great to see Kelsey deliver," Sieger said. "She's worked very hard these last three months on making a swing change, and she just played so confidently all weekend. She showed me, and hopefully herself, that her talents and abilities gives us a third player in our line-up who can really be a very strong college player."
No. 19 Carleton ended at 666, only two shot back of No. 12 St. Olaf and 11 back of No. 15 Wartburg. No. 5 UW-Eau Claire won the event at 638, followed by No. 10 Gustavus at 647.
Gina Kabasakalis (Fy./Alameda, Calif./College Prep) struggled all weekend, posting identical rounds of 84 to finish at 168, her highest 36-hole total since the first weekend of competition back in September. Traci Johnson (Sr./Lakeville, Minn./North) had another solid weekend, as the senior tallied rounds of 87 and 83 to finish at 170. Taylor Wells (Fy./Rochester, Minn./Century) ended at 171, her highest 36-hole total of her young college career.
"It was a really solid weekend for Traci," Sieger said. "She figured out her swing a bit and really chipped and putted well today. She seems to love playing Centennial Oaks, so I wasn't surprised to see her post a pair of good score."
"Gina and Taylor had a rough weekend, but they've been so consistent for us all year it's hard to fault them," Sieger said. "They're struggling a bit in finding that balance between school and golf and having the energy and focus necessary to play good golf, but I'm confident they'll bounce back next weekend."
The Knights close the regular season by hosting the Carleton Invitational at Northfield Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29. Tee times start at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 11:15 a.m. on Sunday. The field includes fellow nationally-ranked teams Gustavus, St. Olaf, and Wartburg, as well as strong MIAC squads in St. Benedict and Concordia.