EAU CLAIRE, Wis.—Kelsey Moede (Jr./Lake Oswego, Ore.) finished third and Shannon Holden (Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) and Grace Gilmore (So./Edina, Minn.) fired final-round scores of 78 and 79, respectively, as No. 24 Carleton College rallied for a runner-up finish at the Doug Georgianni Memorial Invitational.
The Knights zoomed up Sunday’s leaderboard with the round of the day at 322, passing first-round leader Wartburg, along with No. 13 Gustavus Adolphus. The Knights’ two-day total of 654 ended up two shots short of No. 22 St. Thomas, but three ahead of the 13th-ranked Gusties at 657. Wartburg ended at 662, followed by No. 25 UW-Eau Claire at 667.
The 322 score is the fourth-lowest score in school history, while the 654 total for 36 holes marks the fifth-best on the school scoring list.
Moede posted a final-round 82 to end at 159, two shots back of first-round leader Brittany McNett-Emmerich of UW-Stout. UST’s Doyle O’Brien finished second at 158.
While Moede didn’t have quite the stellar ball-striking day that she displayed on day one, she was able to battle her way through and nearly came up with the victory.
“Again, Kelsey proved she is a top player in the region,” Carleton head coach Eric Sieger said. “It was a very veteran round—posting a solid number without her ‘A’ game. It was a great example for our young team.”
Meanwhile, Holden and Gilmore had very solid days, hitting a number of strong iron shots in tough, windy conditions at Wild Ridge Golf Course, as both player broke 80 for the first time in the young season. Gilmore’s 79 matched her career low. Holden missed a top-10 finish in her collegiate debut by two shots, ending 11th, while Gilmore placed T16th, the fourth top-20 finish of her career.
“It was great to see Shannon and Grace lead us today after they had our third- and fourth-best scores yesterday,” Carleton head coach Eric Sieger said. “I think the team that can figure out a way to post the best third and fourth scores in the conference will probably come out on top, and we showcased some nice line-up depth today.”
Geraldine Tellbuescher (Ashiya, Japan/Canadian Academy) followed her first-round 82 with a solid 10-over par 83.
“Geraldine was rock-solid all weekend,” Sieger said. “If we can get her putter working a little better, she’s very capable of breaking 80 as well.” She ended T14th, giving the Knights four players inside the top 20, which no other team accomplished.
Finally, Mara Daly (So./St. Louis Park, Minn.) was steady all day playing as an individual, posting an 87 to miss her career low by a single shot. That followed Saturday’s final round when she knocked 10 shots off her front nine score by posting a five-over par 41 on the back nine at Mill Run Golf Club.
The Knights return to action at next weekend’s Wartburg Invitational, where they’ll see virtually the same top finishers, with the exception of Gustavus.