Taylor Wells rips a drive in Saturday's first round of the D3 Classic at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, Minn. Wells finished T7th, her third top 10 finish of the season. (photo by Greg Smith)
LAKE CITY, Minn.--Taylor Wells (Fy./Rochester, Minn./Century) notched her third consecutive top-10 finish in as many starts, finishing in a tie for seventh at 16-over 160 to lead Carleton to a seventh-place finish at its own D3 Classic at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, Minn.
Gina Kabasakalis (Fy./Alameda, Calif./College Prep) fired a final-round seven-over par 79 to finish inside the top 20 at 20-over par 164. The Knights' 673 total is tied for the fifth-lowest 36-hole total in school history.
Kelsey Moede (Fy./Lake Oswego, Ore.) ended at 173 for the Knights while Traci Johnson (Sr./Lakeville, Minn./North) rebounded from a tough first-round finish to post 85 in the final round and end at 178. Sophia Roman (Fy./Portland, Ore./Catlin Gable) contributed to Carleton's team score for the first time this season with a first-round 91 before a nasty cold and fever forced her to withdraw on Sunday. Kate Johnson (Sr./Wauwatosa, Wis./Wauwatosa East) returned to competition for the first time in almost a year as well for the Knights.
"Overall our scores were solid but not as spectacular as the first couple of weeks," Carleton head coach Eric Sieger said. "I felt that, at times, we should our youth with some poor decisions and over-aggressive play. Also, the fact that Taylor and Gina have posted some lower scores early in the season has masked the fact that we haven't had a solid four score, so we need to work on making that fourth score 85 instead of 88 or 91."
No. 3 Gustavus Adolphus fired a final-round 314 to edge No. 6 UW-Eau Claire for the Gusties' seventh D3 Classic team title in the event's eight-year existence. UW-Stout posted consecutive team scores of 325 to finish a surprising third at 650, ahead of No. 20 St. Olaf (655) and No. 19 Wartburg (657). St. Benedict (670) edged Carleton (673), with Concordia-Moorhead (678), Viterbo (697) and St. Thomas (701) rounding out the top 10 of the 21-team event featuring schools from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and California.
Taylor Drenttel rode a first-round, ove-over par 73 to win the individual medal with an nine-over par 153, holding off the BluGolds' Sara Mattes and Emily Swift, who finished two shots back at 155. Drenttel had a chance at breaking the tournament scoring record on Saturday, as she stood on the par 3 15th hole at three-under par, but double bogeys at No. 15 and 18 derailed her bid. UW-Stout's Brittany McNett-Emmerich finished fourth at 156, and St. Olaf's Molly Erickson and Wartburg's Paige Klostermann rounded out the top five at 157. Klostermann tied the tournament record with a final-round, even-par 72.
The Knights are back in action on their home track this Saturday, hosting four other schools in the ACM Invitational. First-round action starts at Northfield Golf Club, with the Knights teeing off at 1:07 p.m. Sunday's final round is at Bellwood Oaks Golf Club in Hastings, Minn.