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Willingers Golf Club

Willingers Golf Club, home of the Knights, and consistently ranked as one of Minnesota's top 10 public courses. It is located 10 miles from the Carleton campus.

The women's golf team was elevated to varsity status starting in 1998-99, making it one of the youngest varsity teams at Carleton. The Knights play a split fall-spring schedule. Carleton has consistently ranked among the top programs in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and has been nationally ranked for 12 consecutive seasons.

From 2013-14 through 2017-18, the Knights posted five consecutive top-two finishes at the MIAC Championships. They captured their first conference title in 2014, doing so in record-breaking fashion, and capped that campaign by tying for sixth at the 2015 NCAA Championships. In 2015-16, Carleton had two individuals, Grace Gilmore '16 and Ziyi Wang '19 qualify for the NCAA Championships. As a team, the Knights finished that campaign ranked 11th nationally. The 2016-17 campaign included an at-large berth at the national tournament, with the Knights securing a seventh-place result. The team had a banner year in 2017-18 as the squad went undefeated during the regular season, including Carleton’s second MIAC Championships title, breaking the scoring record established by the 2014 champs. The Knights earned the conference’s automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Championships, where the squad posted a sixth-place finish.

Carleton players have been the MIAC individual medalists the last five seasons, a streak started by Shannon Holden '17 (2013) and continued by Grace Gilmore '16 (2014 and 2015). Alyssa Akiyama '20 won the individual title in 2016, and Wang took home top honors in 2017. Since the start of the 2011-12 campaign, the Knights have had 18 All-Region honorees and 28 all-conference performances.

Kassie Wells '07 and Katrina Wood '09 both qualified as individuals for the NCAA Championships, Wells in 2007 and Wood in 2008. Wells also earned a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, which helped her earn her PhD in physics at Cornell University.

The program has also become known for blending academic successes with golfing success. Carleton was one of only three programs nationally to earn the National Golf Coaches Association's (NGCA) Team Scholar Award the first three seasons of the award's existence, posting the third-best team grade point average in the nation during the 2006-07 season. The Knights have had 24 NGCA All-Scholar players in since 2003.

Carole Pushing Burch '61 was Carleton's first-ever female national champion, winning the National Women's Collegiate Golf Championship as a first-year season in 1958. She was a two-time winner of the Minnesota State Amateur Golf Tournament. 

The Knights utilize Willingers Golf Club as their home course, consistently ranked as one of the top 10 public courses in Minnesota.