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Result: MIAC Champions! 1st of 10 teams / Wang 1st, Eyung 4th, Akiyama 8th, Sakamoto 9th

Women's Golf at MIAC Championships

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. (Sat.) / 8:30 a.m. (Sun.) / 9:00 a.m. (Mon.) at Becker, Minn. - Pebble Creek GC

Knights complete unbeaten fall, win MIAC in record fashion

 

BECKER, Minn.—The only thing better than redemption is redemption served with a side of dominance.

That’s what the Carleton women’s golf team accomplished at the 2017 MIAC Championships, as the Knights completed an undefeated fall campaign with a record-setting total of 924 in winning their second conference title. The Knights topped the field by a whopping 19 shots.

The title comes a year after the Knights were upset by two shots at the 2016 MIAC Championships.

Carleton was paced by Ziyi Wang (Jr./Beijing City, China/Lighthouse Christian Academy), who matched the MIAC Championships 54-hole individual record at eight-over par 224 to win the individual title. She is the fifth straight Knight to win the MIAC individual title, joining Shannon Holden ’17 (2013), Grace Gilmore ’16 (2014, 2015) and Alyssa Akiayama ’20 (2016) as individual conference champions.

Carleton grabbed a 15-shot lead after round one with a 3-5 on a day when no other team broke 320. The Knights extended the lead on Sunday with a 304, setting a 36-hole MIAC Championships record at 609. While the colder temperatures and wind led to a 315 final-round score, it was still the lowest round of the day. Carleton’s 54-hole total topped the MIAC Championships record, also set by Carleton in its 2014 title-winning run.

“We played some really great golf during long stretches every single day, and except for a short span today, really didn’t make any mistakes,” Carleton head coach Eric Sieger said.

The Knights got off to a bit of slow start in Saturday’s first round, but played the middle nine holes in around two-over par, pushing their lead into double digits. Sunday brought perhaps the Knights most consistent play of the season, as College of St. Benedict shot its lowest round ever (307) to move into second place, but the Knights’ 304 extended the margin to 18. On Monday, with temperatures hovering around 50 degrees in a stiff breeze, the Knights were on fire early, finding themselves two-under par through the first six holes. They were unable to sustain that pace, but maintained a large margin the rest of the way.

All five Knights were inside the top 16 individually, with four Knights securing top-10 finishes and the all-tournament team designation that turns into All-MIAC honors automatically in the spring. Anny Euyang (Fy./Seattle/Lakeside) pushed Wang for medalist honors with rounds of 74-75-81—230 to finish fourth, while Akiyama (So./Cincinnati, Ohio/Seven Hills School), the defending champ, ended at 80-76-79—235. Ayumi Sakamoto (Jr./Honolulu/’Iolani School) posted rounds of 78-79-79—236 to finish T9th, while Alexis Chan (Fy./Highlands Ranch, Colo./Rock Canyon) finished T16th at 82-80-80—242.

“I felt like Ziyi had a good chance to win this week,” Sieger said. “She came in on form and liked how the course set up, and she proved me prophetic. But we won because everyone, up and down the line-up, played solid all three days. We did an excellent job of minimizing mistakes and playing some really excellent golf for long stretches.”

The victory, the Knights’ fifth in five tournaments this fall, secures the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships next May. The Knights will make their third team appearance in the last four seasons.

“We’ll enjoy this win, but we’re excited about the spring season and what this group could do at nationals,” Sieger said. “We have four players on our roster with NCAA experience, so they know what it takes to be successful at nationals.”