HASTINGS, Minn.—Shannon Holden (Fy./Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) posted a final-round, six-over par 79 to finish in a tie for fifth and two other Knights ended inside the top 10 as Carleton College ended up third at its own College City Challenge.
The Knights, ranked 24th in the preseason Golf World coaches poll, entered Sunday’s final round six shots behind first-round leader St. Thomas and one ahead of Gustavus. The 13th-ranked Gusties, powered by tournament medalist Sam Falk’s final-round 75, scored a final-round 319 and tied No. 22 St. Thomas for the tournament title at 645. The Tommies tallied a 326 on Sunday, while the Knights posted a 332 to end at 657. The Gusties took home the tournament trophy by virtue of their lower cumulative, non-counting scores.
Holden was part of a quartet of players at 162, as she tallied her sixth score in the 70s of the season in eight total rounds. Grace Gilmore (So./Edina, Minn.) finished ninth with a two-day total of 163 after Sunday’s final-round 84. Kelsey Moede (Jr./Lake Oswego, Ore.) took 10th after rounds of 83 and 81. Geraldine Tellbuescher (Fy./Ashiya, Japan/Canadian Academy) struggled a bit in the final round, ending with an 88 to finish with a two-day total of 168 and a tie for 17th.
Falk’s six-over par 152 won the event by seven shots. UST’s Erin Dingmann carded a 79 on Sunday to end at 159, while teammate Doyle O’Brien added a pair of 80s to end third at 160. Tommie Emma Wilson, a new entry into UST’s starting five, ended fourth at 161.
“We had another solid weekend, but with teams of the caliber of St. Thomas and Gustavus, solid isn’t going to win the golf tournament,” Carleton head coach Eric Sieger said. “I don’t think the players were pleased with the way they played as a whole and we know we’re capable of posting low rounds as a team. We’ll need to really work hard to identify areas where we can do better and place our attention in those areas over the next two weeks.”
The event marked the final tune-up prior to the MIAC Championships for the Knights. The conference tournament will be held Oct. 5-7 at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids, Minn. The team champion receives the MIAC’s automatic bid to next spring’s NCAA Championships.