NORTHFIELD, Minn.—A record setting season for the Carleton College women’s golf team has come to an end.
With the announcement of the NCAA Championships field, which included 19 teams and six individuals, the 19th-ranked Knights were left out of the field, as head coach Eric Sieger expected.
“We certainly had our chances this spring, both as a team and individually, and we just didn’t play our best golf,” Sieger said. “With that said, it was an amazing season and we’re already excited to begin preparing for the 2012-13 season.”
Indeed it was a season to remember for the Knights. The youthful squad, which started four first-year players, was nationally- and regionally-ranked for nearly the entire season. The Knights obliterated the school scoring mark by more than 11 shots and improved on last year’s scoring average by a whopping 20 shots.
Rookies Gina Kabasakalis (Alameda, Calif./College Prep) and Taylor Wells (Rochester, Minn./Century) both broke the previous school single-season scoring mark. Kabasakalis now holds the mark with an 80.3 average over 16 rounds this season, while Wells was a mere 11 shots back with an 81.0 average. Classmate Kelsey Moede (Lake Oswego, Ore.) ended with an 84.3 average, which now ranks as the eighth-lowest in school history. Moede’s 80.0 average this spring is also the lowest spring average ever posted by a Carleton player.
“Obviously, those three first-year players have really excelled this year,” Sieger said. “Gina and Taylor were so dominant this fall and Kelsey really shined this spring, and we’ll look to those three to set the tone for us and step into leadership roles next year.”
In addition to setting a new single-season standard, the Knights posted 11 of the program’s top 20 single-round scores this year and six of the best 10 36-hole scores.
The Knights return four starters next year, as the fourth member of the rookie class––Sophia Roman (Portland, Ore./Catlin Gable)––is also back and will be joined by newcomers Grace Gilmore (Edina, Minn.) and Mara Daly (St. Louis Park, Minn.).
The Knights lose graduating seniors Traci Johnson (Lakeville, Minn./North) and Kate Johnson (Wauwatosa, Wis./East). Traci Johnson, a four-year starter, has played more career rounds than any other Knight at 76, and she recorded 12 top-20 and four top-10 finishes in 37 career starts. Her 89.2 career average is sixth-lowest in Carleton history. Kate Johnson, a four-year letterwinner, has posted 55 career round which also ranks in the top 10 in Carleton history.