EAU CLAIRE, Wis.—Kelsey Moede (Jr./Lake Oswego, Ore.) picked right up where she left off in her record-setting sophomore campaign, firing a five-over par 77 to find herself in second place after the Georgianni Memorial Invitational’s first round.
Moede’s round helped the Knights post a 332 team score at Mill Run Golf Club, putting the 24th-ranked team in the country in fourth place. Unranked Wartburg College leads the 14-team event at 321, followed by No. 22 St. Thomas at 325. No. 13 Gustavus Adolphus is third at 329, followed by Carleton, No. 25 UW-Eau Claire at 335 and defending WIAC champion UW-Stout at 336. Fellow MIAC schools St. Benedict (337) and St. Olaf (340) round out the top eight.
UW-Stout’s Brittany McNett-Emmerich leads the 83-player field at four-over par 76, followed by Moede and St. Olaf’s Linde Sundell at 77.
“I thought that when the lights came on, Kelsey would rise to the occasion, and she proved me prophetic,” Carleton head coach Eric Sieger said. “She’s been struggling with her ball striking a bit, but we figured out why and she hit the ball wonderfully.” Moede hit 12 greens in regulation and could have been even lower had a number of birdie putts dropped for her.
The first round marked the collegiate debut of Carleton’s quartet of first-year players, and they were paced by Geraldine Tellbuescher (Ashiya, Japan/Canadian Academy) with an 82, followed by Shannon Holden (Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) at 86.
“I thought all four rookies played very solid,” Sieger said. “They hadn’t seen that course before and playing in their first college event, I thought they handled themselves very well.”
The Knights and the other 13 squads are off at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at the much tougher Wild Ridge Golf Club.
“We feel like Wild Ridge actually sets up a bit better for us as a team, so we’re pretty excited to get back out there and see if we make a move,” Sieger said.