For the first time in her career, senior Katrina Wood was named the MIAC Player of the Week after two solid finishes on our trip to Wildflower Golf Course in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Katrina fired a six-over par 78 in Friday's Cobber Open, falling in a four-way, sudden-death playoff, and then rallied with a final-round, three-over par 75 to finish solo fourth at the Concordia Invitational behind three Division I players. Her 75 tied the school record.
This was the best round I've seen Katrina play, even better than the final-round four-over par 76 at the NCAA Championships. She hit seven greens in regulation, made eight par saves and tallied a mere 29 putts. Only a final-hole double bogey where she missed the green short in the bunker and three putted kept her from beating the school record.
Sunday's final-round 75 tied for the low score of the tournament in a field that included Division I North Dakota State. It came on the heels of Friday's 78, and I think Katrina has returned to the form she showed last year in qualifying as an individual for the NCAAs. She spent almost the entire summer in Shanghai on a study abroad/internship experience, so she was a bit rusty to start the season. We had an extensive, 90-minute video session on Monday after her less-than-stellar performance at the UW-Eau Claire Fall Invite, and it seems to have helped. It will be exciting to see if she can continue to perform at a high level the rest of the season.