LAKE CITY, Minn.—Shannon Holden (Fy./Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) fired a final-round five-over par 77 and No. 24 Carleton College rallied but fell just short in the end, finishing second to No. 22 University of St. Thomas at the Knights’ own Division 3 Classic.
The Knights posted a final-round 329, ending at 653, only five shots behind the Tommies’ 648. The Knights were one shot ahead of No. 13 Gustavus Adolphus; UW-Stout was two shots back of Carleton at 655. It marked the second straight year Carleton has finished second in the event to the Tommies, who edged Carleton by a single shot last year.
The 653 total is tied for the third-lowest 36-hole score in program history.
UST’s Doyle O’Brien’s posted a final-round 77, earning medalist honors at eight-over par 152. She finished three shots in front of UW-Stout’s Brittany McNett-Emmerich (155), while Holden recorded the best finish of her young career in third at 156. Those three were the only players to break 160 for 36 holes, and O’Brien and Holden were the only two to break 80 both days. Holden’s last five rounds are all under 80. Her 36-hole total is the eighth-best in school history.
The Knights received strong final-round performances from Grace Gilmore (So./Edina, Minn.) and Kelsey Moede (Jr./Lake Oswego, Ore.) Gilmore was steady all day, and played the final three holes in even par to get in at seven-over par 79 and finish at 163, good for a T8th finish. Moede, meanwhile, steadied herself on the final nine holes, playing them in two-over par to post an 80 for a two-day total of 162 and a solo seventh finish. It marked the second top-10 finishes in three events this season for both players.
The Knights, however, struggled to find a strong fourth score, as both Mara Daly (So./St. Louis Park, Minn.) and Geraldine Tellbuescher (Fy./Ashiya, Japan/Canadian Academy) posted 93s.
“I was really proud of our focus and tenacity today,” Carleton head coach Eric Sieger said. “It was great to see Shannon go a bit lower and for Grace and Kelsey to bounce back after disappointing first-round scores. We were right in the mix until the end, and we are so close to breaking through and posting a really low round, and hopefully a string of them.”
The shot of the day belonged to UW-Stout’s Megan Ramp, who recorded the first ace in tournament history. The hole-in-one came on the 15th hole, listed at 165 yards on the tournament scorecard, with a four-hybrid.
The Knights host the College City Challenge next weekend at Bellwood Oaks Golf Course in Hastings, Minn., where they’ll get another crack at the Tommies, who will participate along with Gustavus, St. Olaf and Macalester. It serves as Carleton’s final event before the 2013 MIAC Championships on Oct. 5-7.