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MADISON, Ill. — Geraldine Tellbuescher’s (Fy./Ashiya, Japan/Canadian Academy) second straight three-over par 75 led the way as the Carleton College women’s golf team tied for fourth out of 16 teams at the Washington University (Mo.) Spring Invitational. Tellbuescher’s 36-hole score of 150 strokes broke the team mark by two shots and helped Carleton establish new marks for both 18- and 36-hole team scores.
Combined with a first-round score of 318, the Knights’ 628 shots for the weekend were eight strokes better than the team’s previous 36-hole mark established at the MIAC Championships last fall.
All four scorers for Carleton broke 80 as the Knights totaled a program-best 310 strokes on Sunday, breaking the previous mark set seven days ago at the UC-Santa Cruz Invitational.
Tellbuescher birdied three of the last four holes on Sunday en route to her 75, with Shannon Holden (Fy./Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) playing rock-solid throughout the round to card her second consecutive 77 and tie for 13th overall at 154 shots. Grace Gilmore (So./ Edina, Minn./Edina) and Kelsey Moede (Jr./Lake Oswego, Ore./Lake Oswego) both posted scores of 79 in round two, while Taylor Wells (Jr./Rochester, Minn./Century) completed the roster with an 80.
The highly competitive tournament field included eight nationally-ranked Division III squads. That figure does not include team champion, NAIA No. 6 William Woods (Mo.), which fired a tournament-record 299 on Sunday to erase a six-shot deficit and claim its third straight title. The Owls’ two-day total of 605 was one shot better than tourney host and Division III No. 1 Washington University. No. 9 Rhodes (Tenn.) placed third at 623, five shots in front of the two squads that tied for fourth, No 21 Carleton and No. 6 DePauw (Ind.). The Knights trailed the Tigers by four strokes entering play on Sunday but made up the difference by carding 11 birdies during the final round.
No. 19 Carthage (Wis.) finished sixth at 642, one shot in front of No. 11 Olivet (Mich.) and three strokes ahead of No. 22 Wittenberg (Ohio). No. 23 Wisconsin-Stout, the other nationally-ranked squad in the field placed 12th.
“It’s huge for us to tie with DePauw,” said Carleton head coach Eric Sieger. “They are one of the pre-eminent Division III programs in the country. With us chasing a potential Pool C bid, this is a huge feather in our cap.”
Washington U.’s Olivia Lugar claimed medalist honors after firing a tournament-record total of 147 (72-75) to best Jodie Peacock of William Woods by two strokes and Tellbuescher by three.
While Tellbuescher’s putter was the story in round one, her approach shots made the difference on Sunday as she closed with a flurry of birdies. On her 15th hole of the day—the par-five 18th at Gateway National Golf Links—she nearly holed out and made the two-foot put. Then Tellbuescher hit it within about an inch of the cup on the next hole and tapped that one in. On her final hole of the tournament, she was approximately 30 yards off the green and hit a little pitch shot that rolled within three feet. That led to another birdie. Instead of looking at shooting a 78 or 79, the Carleton rookie carded a 75 for the second straight round.
Carleton paced the field with 17 birdies for the weekend, with Tellbuescher carding six of those to tie for most in the 95-player field. Gilmore added a trio of birdies on Sunday.
The Knights are slated to tee it up at the University of St. Thomas Invitational next weekend at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker, Minn.