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October 29, 2008

2008-2009 Season - 2008-09 WOMEN'S GOLF REVIEW (FALL ONLY)

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The Augustana women’s golf team concluded its fall season with a fourth place showing at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships. The Vikings shot a team score of 699 at the event on Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4 at the Springbrook Golf Course in Naperville, Illinois.

Junior Rachel Gahn (Edina HS, Edina, Minn.) led the squad with a scoring average of 82.5 in the fall season. She finished with 660 strokes in eight rounds of play on the course. Gahn led the Vikings in scoring at all six tournaments this fall and compiled four finishes in the top five as well as a seventh place finish after shooting a 167 at the CCIW Championships. Her top finish came at the Augie Triangular on August 31 where she shot a 79 and tied for second place. Gahn’s best score of the fall came in the second round of the St. Ambrose Classic when she fired a 74 and tied for third place out of 72 players.

Freshman Brittany Carr (Lincoln Way East HS, Frankfort, Ill.) finished with the second best scoring average on the team at 89.1 per round. She shot a total of 713 in eight rounds of play. Her best finish of the year came at the Augie Triangular where she placed fifth with a round of 83, her lowest score of the fall. Carr also finished 16th with a two day total of 176 in her first experience at the CCIW Championships.

Senior Heather Arizpe (Conant HS, Schaumburg, Ill.) was third for the Vikings with a scoring average of 92.1. She finished with 645 strokes in seven rounds of action. Her lowest score of the fall came in the opening round of play at the St. Ambrose Classic when she fired an 81 to lead the Vikings. Arizpe was second for Augustana at the CCIW Championships, finishing tied for 14th place with a score of 174.

Freshman Alexa Fontana (Freeport Aquin HS, Freeport, Ill.) completed the fall season with a scoring average of 95.7. She had 574 strokes in six rounds on the course. Her low round of 89 came at the Monmouth Invite where she place 22nd in the 88 player field. Fontana was fourth for the Vikings at the CCIW Championships with a score of 184.

Sophomore Jessica Berens (Schaumburg HS, Schaumburg, Ill.) had a scoring average of 96.0 and took 576 shots in six rounds of play. She shot a 91 at the Monmouth Invite, finishing third for the Vikings and tied for 26th place.

Junior Katherine Mascheri (Hersey HS, Mount Prospect, Ill.) compiled a season average of 96.8 with 774 shots in eight rounds for Augustana. She saved her best round for the final time on the course this fall, shooting a 90 and scoring fourth for the Vikings on the second day of the CCIW Championships.

Sophomore Courtney VandeWiele (Rock Island Alleman HS, Rock Island, Ill.) played five rounds and took 509 shots, finishing with a scoring average of 101.8. She completed a round of 96 at the North Central Invite, placing second for the Vikings and tied for 34th in the 73 player field.

Junior Elizabeth Scarlata (Fremd HS, Palatine, Ill.) made 714 shots on the course in seven rounds of action, compiling a scoring average of 102. She shot a 97 in the first round at the St. Ambrose Classic.

Senior Shasta Ketcham (Danville HS, Danville, Iowa) played in three rounds and had a scoring average of 112.7 with a total of 338 shots. She had a round of 110 in the season opening Mount Mercy Invite.

Head coach Ron Standley’s Vikings competed in six events this fall, finishing runner-up at the Augie Triangular and third at the Mount Mercy Invitational out of 12 teams. Augustana was also fourth out of 13 teams at the St. Ambrose Classic, sixth out of 15 teams at the North Central Invite, and seventh out of 16 teams at the Monmouth Invite. Standley led the squad to an overall mark of 41-20 this fall.

2008 CCIW Championships

*** Springbrook Golf Course *** Naperville, Illinois *** Par 72, 5850 yards
Place Team Day One Day Two Total
1. Illinois Wesleyan 318 331 649
2. Wheaton 343 338 681
3. North Central 345 353 698
4. Augustana 354 345 699
5. Carthage 358 352 710
5. Elmhurst 370 342 712
7. Millikin 360 356 716
8. North Park 412 408 820

CCIW Individual Top Ten (plus Augustana finishers)

Place Player School Day One Day Two Total
1. **Lindsey Haines Illinois Wesleyan 76 83 159
2. Brittany Bronson Wheaton 77 82 159
3. Nicole Spear Illinois Wesleyan 80 81 161
4. Maddie Murphy Illinois Wesleyan 79 84 163
5. Kayleen Gifford Millikin 82 84 166
5. (tie) Erin Bradley Illinois Wesleyan 83 83 166
7. Rachel Gahn Augustana 85 82 167
8. Sarah Joers Carthage 92 78 170
9. (tie) Alyssa Gaudio North Central 87 84 171
9. (tie) Casi Blanton Wheaton 89 82 171
14. (tie) Heather Arizpe Augustana 88 86 174
16. Brittany Carr Augustana 89 87 176
29. (tie) Alexa Fontana Augustana 92 92 184
33. (tie) Katherine Mascheri Augustana 97 90 187
44. Elizabeth Scarlata Augustana 103 109 212

2008-09 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES

CCIW Top 10: Rachel Gahn – Seventh (167)
CCIW Finish: Fourth place
Invitational Finishes: Second place…Augie Triangular (08/31/08 – three teams)… Third place…Mount Mercy Invitational (08/29/08 – 12 teams)… Fourth Place…St. Ambrose Classic (09/20-21/08 – 13 teams)… Sixth place…North Central Invitational (09/09/08 – 15 teams)... Seventh place…Monmouth Invitational (09/06/08 – 16 teams)
Best Stroke Average: 82.5 – Rachel Gahn with 660 strokes in 8 rounds
Lowest Individual Round: 74 – Rachel Gahn (St. Ambrose Classic on 09/21/08)
NGCA All-American Scholars (for 2007-08): Rachel Gahn, Heather Arizpe, and Jessica Berens

Top 10 Individual Finishes in Invitationals

08/29/08 – Mount Mercy Invitational: Rachel Gahn – tied for third with 83
08/31/08 – Augustana Triangular: Rachel Gahn – second with 79…Brittany Carr – fifth with 83
09/09/08 – North Central Invite: Rachel Gahn – tied for third with 84
09/20-21/08 – St. Ambrose Classic: Rachel Gahn tied for third with 159 (85 + 74)

Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand