Final Results (pdf)
WAVERLY, Iowa—Taylor Wells (So./Rochester, Minn./Century) set a new school record, firing a two-day total of eight-over par 152 to finish second, and Kelsey Moede (So./Lake Oswego, Ore.) added a 12-over par 156 to end inside the top five for the third time in her last four starts as the No. 18 Carleton College women’s golf team finished fourth at the Wartburg Invitational.
Gina Kabasakalis (So./Alameda, Calif./College Prep) posted a final-round eight-over par 80 to end at 158, finishing T9th for her sixth career top 10 in 10 starts. The Knights, the team leaders after the first round, shot final-round 327 team score, ending at 649 to finish fourth overall.
Wells, who set the school 18-hole mark with Saturday’s one-over par 73, finished second by a mere shot on a day when she had less than her best game. Her 36-hole total breaks the school record held by Kabasakalis, set at the same event a year ago.
“I was very proud of Taylor this weekend,” Carleton head coach Eric Sieger said. “She really didn’t hit the ball all that well, but she kept such a positive attitude and focus. I think she really grew as a player this weekend, realizing she can still contend even when she doesn’t hit it pure.” It was Wells’ second career runner-up finish and her seventh top 10 in 10 career starts.
Moede, who started in solo second and one back of Wells, started on fire and likely had the tournament lead standing on the eighth tee at two-over par for the tournament, but was unable to close the deal, playing the final 10 holes in 10-over par.
“Again, Kelsey was in contention, and that’s a great sign for us,” Sieger said. “It’s pretty obvious she gives is a third elite player, and she’s going to close the deal one of these times. She got some bad breaks and maybe made just a couple of bad swings over those final 10 holes, but I’m really excited about what I see from Kelsey and her game so far.”
The teams that did took advantage of the prime scoring conditions were not the ones anyone would have suspected. In a field with five ranked teams, including Carleton, it was unranked University of St. Thomas that won, riding a final-round 311 to end at 634, edging fellow unranked UW-Stout, which fired a 310 final-round team score, powered by Brittany McNett-Emmerich’s medalist finish. The Blue Devil sophomore edged Wells by a single shot, riding a final-round three-over 75 to erase a three-shot deficit. No. 8 Gustavus Adolphus posted 319 to end at 642, seven ahead of Carleton. The Knights finished in two shots in front of No. 21 Wartburg (651), three clear of No. 11 St. Olaf (652) and four ahead of No. 6 UW-Eau Claire (653). It marked Carleton’s first win over national powerhouse and the perennial WIAC champions BluGolds.
“It was a good learning experience for us today,” Sieger said. “I thought we played solid, but it was a prime day for scoring and we just didn’t take advantage. We needed another score or two in the 70s.”
The Knights are back at it again, hosting the D3 Classic at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, Minn. The event features 17 teams from four different conferences, along with independents UC-Santa Cruz and Division III newcomer Berry College (Ga.).