2nd Round Tee Times (pdf)
NORTHFIELD, Minn.––While they both arrived in much different fashions, sophomores Kelsey Moede (So./Lake Oswego, Ore.) and Taylor Wells (So./Rochester, Minn./Century) both fired eight-over par 80s to lead No. 23 Carleton to fifth place after its own Carleton Invitational's first round.
The Knights posted a 346 team score and sit six shots back of the top three. Grace Gilmore (Fy./Edina, Minn.) added an 85 and Mara Daly (Fy./St. Louis Park, Minn.) a 101 for the Knights, playing their only home event of the spring season.
Moede, according to head coach Eric Sieger, had a solid ball-striking day but couldn't get anything going on the greens. It marked the first day Northfield Golf Club was open, and the greens were uncharacteristically slow. Wells, meanwhile, was able to get it done with the short game, posting a good score despite not striking the ball all that well.
"Golf is a funny game, and Kelsey and Taylor both did a really nice job of using what they had today to get it done," Sieger said. "I know both of them had parts of their games that they were unhappy with, but with the limited amount of practice we've had I thought their scores were pretty solid."
Tenth-ranked St. Olaf College blitzed the field on Saturday with a 321, taking a commanding 14-stroke lead over No. 22 UW-Eau Claire at 335. No. 15 Gustavus Adolphus College sits third at 340, followed by No. 21 University of St. Thomas at 343 and No. 23 Carleton at 346. The College of St. Benedict is one stroke back of the Knights at 347.
The individual race is also controlled by the Oles, as last year's NCAA Championships runner-up Molly Erickson played the final nine holes in one-under par 35 to post a two-over par 74. She leads last year's national champion, Catherine Wagner of UW-Eau Claire, by a single shot. St. Thomas' Doyle O'Brien is two more shots back at five-over par 77. The trio were the only three player to break 80 in the first round.
Wells and Moede are tied with St. Olaf's Molly Knutson at 80.
Play continues with the final round at Northfield Golf Club at 12 noon on Sunday. The Knights are off at 12:37 p.m. with St. Thomas and St. Benedict.