Women's Golf wins NAC Championship in convincing fashion
JORDAN, Minn. – Concordia University Wisconsin won the 2012 Northern Athletics Conference Women's Golf Championship on Monday afternoon after dominating the field en route to a 104 stroke advantage. Jordan Osowski captured NAC Freshman and Player of the Year honors, and Jim Ingman was named NAC Coach of the Year.
Osowski (freshman, Germantown, Wis.) was the most consistent golfer on the Falcons roster during the three-day event, shooting in the 80s each day. She began with an opening 89, improved to an 87 on day two and carded the best round, 85, of her season during the final 18 holes. Osowski's 261 total earned her medalist honors.
First-year head coach Jim Ingman earned NAC Coach of the Year honors after leading CUW to its second first place finish of the year. It was the third time in NAC history a CUW coach has won the award and fifth consecutive time that a Falcon golfer won the Medalist award.
It didn't take long for CUW to take control of the tournament, as it held a commanding 32-stroke lead after the opening round. The Falcons could have gone on cruise control to the finish, but kept improving and increased their lead to 83 strokes after day two of the championship. Their 342 (54-over-par) team score in the second round was the lowest score ever shot in the NAC Championship's seven year history.
During the final day, CUW shot its season-best round of the tournament and finished with a 1,062 team score, which was 104 strokes better than runner-up Benedictine University. The title was the third in the last four years for the Falcons.
The Falcons' all-freshman roster all finished in the top 13 places of the 42 competing golfers. Freshman Nina Puch (Des Plaines, Ill.) shot the low round of the tournament on Sunday after she fired a 2-over-par 74 – which was her lowest round of the season. Puch finished the tournament second overall with a total of 264.
Freshman Emily Stephenson (Ashland, Wis.) ended the tournament third overall after shooting a 271 total. She shot her lowest round, 85, of the season during the final round. Freshman Lexi Westphal (Brownsville, Wis.) earned a 10th place finish after shooting a 287. She carded her best round of the year, 85, during day two of the tournament. The top 10 performers at this meet earned all conference recognition.
Freshman Emmy Dill (Bristol, Wis.) improved 14 strokes during the three rounds and ended with a season-best 90 on Monday. She placed 13th for the Falcons.
Osowksi led all players shooting 6-over-par on par 3s, while Puch led the field on par 4s (24-over-par) and par 5s (10-over-par). Each Falcon recorded a birdie, while Puch made two. Puch, Osowski and Stephenson finished first, second and third among players who shot pars. In all, the Falcons made 82 pars.
CUW averaged less than a stroke over par on par 4s and par 5s.