Men’s & Women’s Golf Compete at MidCountry Bank Classic
This past Monday, following the quick celebration of Easter Sunday, the busy members of The College of St. Scholastica golf teams were back on the course in Maple Plain, Minnesota to compete in the MidCountry Bank Classic hosted by Crown College. Earlier this month, both the men’s team and the women’s team managed to take first in their respective competitions at the same course (Pioneer Creek Golf Course) during the Crown Triangular. The Saints were hoping to repeat their success this time around as well. The women’s team did their part, placing first for their second time in as many appearances at the course. The men’s team faltered a bit however, placing third behind Northwestern and Crown.
For the women, it was Arica Sheff propelling the team forward with a second overall finish after shooting an 86 (+14). Not far behind her were two teammates, Amanda Broman and Kylie Slavin, who both tied at 89 (+17). Hannah Cornwell and Hannah Dougherty rounded out the St. Scholastica scoring with scores of 98 (+26) and 110 (+48), respectively.
It didn’t come as much of a surprise for the women to repeat with another first-place finish at the Crown hosted event, as it was mostly the same teams competing this time around.
“I would say we didn’t necessarily expect it [to win], but we did know at the beginning of the day that if we put together four decent scores we would have a good chance at first place,” said freshman Hannah Cornwell. “Competition was similar, there were a couple more teams than the first meet, but overall everyone played about the same.”
“We came into the meet with a lot of confidence, with the previous first place win under our belts and knowing we have been shooting well and putting in a lot of hard work during practices,” said freshman Hannah Dougherty.
Despite the men’s team struggling overall, Marc Peterson came to the Pioneer Creek Golf Course with his “A” game. Peterson shot a career-best 71 (-1), which tied the program record for the lowest round of golf in CSS history. Kilen Eilefson finished second in the Saints lineup, shooting a 77 (+5). Tyler Madill finished one stroke behind Eilefson at 78 (+6) to round out the scoring for the Saints. Not being a member of the scoring team was Brandon Parrone, who shot a career-best 77 (+5).
Of course, the St. Scholastica golfers had a taste of this course earlier in the year, which makes it a discussion on whether or not the golfers found a difference in the course this time around.
“The course was better on Monday than the last time we played,” said Cornwell. “It was sunny and pretty warm with no wind, which always makes for a lower scoring day. It’s also later in the season so the course has some time to dry out and green up.”
“This time around the course was in better condition with the grass being more plush and green, and the greens rolling more true and at the speed we are used to,” said Dougherty. “Having played the course so recently before the tournament definitely helped with giving us an upper hand I believe. We were able to recall the layout of the holes, giving us the necessary knowledge to be able to place our shots in the most opportune positions.”
Up next for the CSS golf teams is a trip to the North Links Golf Course in Mankato on Thursday afternoon for the Martin Luther College Invite.