COON RAPIDS, Minn.—In the first round of the 2011 MIAC Championships, it was one of Carleton’s “other” first-year players who shined.
Kelsey Moede (Fy./Lake Oswego, Ore.) fired an opening-round 79, her collegiate career best, to lead the No. 25 Carleton College women’s golf team to its best score ever at the conference tournament. The Knights posted a 334 and are tied for fourth heading into the second round of the 54-hole event at Bunker Hills Golf Club.
In the run-up to the tournament, the talk surrounded Carleton’s Taylor Wells (Fy./Rochester, Minn./Century) and Gina Kabasakalis (Fy./Alameda, Calif.). The dynamic duo was featured in a story on the MIAC website, and rightfully so as the pair entered the final event of the fall ranked fourth and sixth, respectively, in scoring average among conference players, heady stuff for newcomers to college golf.
It was Moede, though, who led the way in Saturday’s first round, which was delayed by almost 45 minutes by frost.
“Kelsey was very solid from tee to green and made putts when she needed to,” Carleton head coach Eric Sieger said. “We knew she was more than capable of producing a round like this so it was great to see her do that in the biggest tournament of the year.”
The 79 leaves Moede in a tie for sixth, while Wells (80) and Kabasakalis (82) are ninth and T12th, respectively.
“Taylor and Gina got off to horrible starts, and really outside Kelsey we started very poorly,” Sieger said “I don’t know if it was the delay or what, but we need to figure out how to get off to a better start these next two days.
“It was a very average round for us, but we’re still in a good position with two rounds left.”
No. 19 St. Olaf shattered the MIAC Championships’ single-round record, posting a 309 to grab a commanding 12-shot lead over No. 4 Gustavus. St. Benedict leads Carleton and St. Thomas by two shots after a 332, led mostly by Kathryn Hauff’s one-over par 73, which matched the MIAC Championships’ single-round individual record, held by Gustavus’ Katie Schenfeld, who won last year in her senior year. Concordia-Moorhead trails the Knights and Tommies in sixth place after an opening 340.
The Knights tee off at 12 noon on Sunday, with no delays expected. The three-round event concludes on Monday morning.