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Holden All-American, Sieger Region Coach of the Year

May 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm
Shannon Holden
Shannon Holden was named a WGCA All-American after her standout rookie season
Photo: Greg Smith

NORTHFIELD, Minn.––Shannon Holden (Fy./Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) has earned All-America honorable mention honors from the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA). Holden is Carleton’s first All-American in women’s golf.

Three other Knights also earned all-region honors along with Holden, while head coach Eric Sieger has been named Midwest region coach of the year. The Knights were one of only two teams to place four players on their respective all-region squad.

Holden was one of six first-year players accorded All-America honors in Division III and one of only two players from the region (Minnesota and Iowa) on the first, second or honorable mention team. The rookie sensation led the MIAC and entire region in stroke average at 79.00. She tallied two victories, winning the 2013 MIAC Championships while also taking co-medalist honors in a dual with Gustavus Adolphus College in April. She added four other top-five finishes on top of those two victories.

Holden was also tabbed for the 10-player all-region team and was joined on that squad by teammates Grace Gilmore (So./Edina, Minn.), Kelsey Moede (Jr./Lake Oswego, Ore.) and Geraldine Tellbuescher (Fy./Ashiya, Japan/Canadian Academy). Moede is a repeat selection to the all-region team, while Gilmore and Tellbuescher earn that honor for the first time. Moede tallied five top-10 finishes in 10 tournaments this year, highlighted by her third-place finish at the Georgianni Memorial Invitational to open the season and a sixth-place finish at the MIAC Championships. Gilmore, meanwhile, had an outstanding sophomore campaign, capped by winning the Blugold Spring Invitational against a field that included four teams currently playing at the NCAA Championships. She tallied five other top-10 finishes in 10 starts and finished seventh at the conference tournament. Tellbuescher posted an outstanding spring, as she had the second-lowest spring season average in the region, finishing the year with six top-10 results. The highlight of her season was a third-place finish at the Washington University (St. Louis) Spring Invitational, where two rounds of three-over par 75 earned the rookie her best finish of the year against a field that included seven nationally-ranked teams.

Sieger was selected as all-region coach for the first time after leading the Knights to their best season in school history. The MIAC co-coach of the year with the University of St. Thomas’ Sara Evens, Sieger led the youthful Knights within a single shot of the MIAC team title at last October’s conference championships. The Knights posted the lowest stroke average in the MIAC this season (323.9), a school record, and won the Carleton Invite and the Blugold Spring Invitational to cap the spring season. They also defeated four nationally-ranked teams at the Washington University (St. Louis) event and tied with the sixth-ranked team in the country.

The awards were announced at the WGCA’s post-season awards banquet as part of the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.