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May 12, 2011

2010-11 WOMEN'S GOLF REVIEW

Megan Vandersee was selected as the Most Valuable Player for the 2010-11 season for the Augustana women's golf team.

The Augustana women’s golf team completed its fall season with a seventh place showing at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships. The Vikings shot a team score of 1073 at the three day event, which was held at Cantigny Golf Course in Wheaton, Illinois. The Blue & Gold returned to action in the spring at the Rhodes Tri-Match and competed in four spring events. The Vikings won the Augie Quad to open the season and also earned a team title at the Fighting Scots Spring Invitational.

Sophomore Megan Vandersee (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.) led the team with a scoring average of 89.4, giving her the top scoring average on the squad. She shot a total of 1609 strokes in 18 rounds on the course. Vandersee produced four top-three finishes. Her best performance came in the first round of the St. Ambrose Fighting Bee Classic where she shot a 79. Her round of 79 was the lowest round on the entire team. Vandersee also carded an 84 in the second round of that event, finishing at 163 and tying for first in the 63 player field. She took second in a 39 player field at the season opening Augustana Quadrangular and was also the runner-up at the Clarke Invitational out of 52 golfers. Her best finish of the spring was tying for third at the Fighting Scots Spring Invitational in a 33 player field. Vandersee’s other top 10 showing occurred at the UW-Platteville Fall Invitational where she finished eighth out of 35 golfers. She tied for second on the Vikings and tied for 22 nd overall at the CCIW Championship Meet at the end of the fall season.

Junior Brittany Carr (Lincoln Way East HS, Frankfort, Ill.) was second on the team with a scoring average of 91.7, firing 1651 shots in 18 rounds of action. She had six top-ten finishes, highlighted by a tie for sixth in a 67 player field at the North Central Cardinal Classic and a sixth place finish at the 38 player Augie Invite to finish out the spring. Carr also tied for ninth at the Augustana Quad and at the Clarke Invite. She finished 10 th out of 52 players at the Mustang 4Ball Classic and was also 10 th at the Rhodes Tri-Match. Carr’s best round came on the second day of the St. Ambrose Classic when she recorded an 84, improving her score by 11 shots from the previous day and tying for 24 th in the 64 player tournament. Carr tied Vandersee with a three day score of 267 at the CCIW Championship Meet, finishing in a tie for 22 nd place overall.

Freshman Kelly Farina (Normal West HS, Bloomington, Ill.) started her collegiate career with a strong first season, finishing third on the squad with a scoring average of 92.7. She took 1668 shots while competing in all 18 rounds. Farina’s best finish was a tie for fifth at the Fighting Scots Spring Invitational. She also tied for sixth at the North Central Classic. Farina fired a 91 at the 67 player tournament to lead the Vikings alongside Carr. She finished the year by tying for seventh at the Augie Invite. Her low round of the season was an 87 that she recorded in the opening round of play at the St. Ambrose Fighting Bee Classic. She finished with a score of 273 at the CCIW Championship Meet, which was fourth for the Vikings and 30 th overall.

Sophomore Morgan Wilkinson (Westmont HS, Westmont, Ill.) had a scoring average of 93.9, fourth best on the squad. She hit 1691 shots in 18 rounds of play. Wilkinson’s lowest finish was a tie for fourth place at the Augustana Quadrangular, where she fired an 89. She also placed 10 th at the 35 player UW-Platteville Invite and tied for ninth at the Fighting Scots Spring Invitational. Wilkinson’s low round of the year was an 84 and like Carr, she earned that mark on the second day of the St. Ambrose Fighting Bee Classic. Wilkinson wrapped up the fall season on a strong note, leading the Vikings with a tie for 20th place finish at the CCIW Championship Meet. She carded a 266 over three rounds to lead the Blue & Gold for the second straight season at the conference meet.

Senior Jessica Berens (Schaumburg HS, Schaumburg, Ill.) turned in a scoring average of 94.4, totaling 1605 shots in 17 rounds of action. She recorded her best finish of the year by taking second at the Fighting Scots Spring Invitational. Berens was also a top-ten finisher at the Augustana Quad where she tied for sixth place with a score of 90. Her lowest round was an 87, which she fired on three different occasions. Berens tallied an 87 in the first round of the Mustang Classic on her way to a 16 th place finish in the 52 player field. She later shot an 87 at the Monmouth Invitational, placing 20 th out of 87 players. Berens scored an 87 one more time in the second round of the St. Ambrose Classic where she finished 16 th out of 64 tournament participants.

Freshman Jamie Lawrence (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) put together a quality campaign in her first year with the Vikings, completing the season with a scoring average of 95.1. She made 1711 shots in 18 rounds on the course. Lawrence had a low round of 85 at the Monmouth Invite, finishing in a tie for 12 th out of 87 players to lead the Blue & Gold. Her best individual showing was a tie for third at the Fighting Scot Spring Invitational. She also accumulated top-20 finishes at the Augustana Quad (14 th), Rhodes Tri-Match (16 th) and the UW-Platteville Fall Invitational (19 th).

Freshman Dena Capitani (Hinsdale Central HS, Hinsdale, Ill.) was the seventh Viking golfer to complete the season with a scoring average below 100, finishing at 98.4. She took 1476 shots in 15 rounds of competition. Capitani’s best round was an 89 at the Augustana Quad where she tied for fourth place. She also finished 12 th at the Fighting Scots Spring Invitational.

Freshman Katelyn Lazar (Williamsville HS, Sherman, Ill.) had a low score of 95 in 10 rounds of action. She recorded three rounds in the 90’s and had her top finish at the Fighting Scots Spring Invitational, tying for ninth place. Senior Courtney VandeWiele (Alleman Catholic HS, Rock Island, Ill.) finished with two rounds in the 90’s and low score of 98 in nine rounds on the course. Her best finish was 21 st at the final meet of the season in the Augie Invite.

Freshman Kelly Olson (Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.) shot a 98 at the Augustana Invitational last fall for her top round of the year. She tied for 18 th at the Fighting Scots Spring Invitational. Freshman Megan Alano (Lockport HS, Lockport, Ill.) shot a 103 at the Fighting Scots Spring Invitational and tied for 14 th in the event. Freshman Emily Comperda (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.) had a low score of 105 at the Augie Quad.

Freshman Jenna Schneider (Rockford Lutheran HS, Rockford, Ill.) completed the Augustana Invitational in the fall with a round of 106, her best of the year. Freshman Elizabeth Hughes (Wheaton Warrenville South HS, Wheaton, Ill.) shot a season-low 107 at the Augie Quad. Freshman Julie Canter (Rushville-Industry HS, Rushville, Ill.) finished with a 119 at the Augustana Invitational. Sophomore Sarah Block (Plainfield North HS, Plainfield, Ill.) shot a 113 at the Augie Quad.

Head coach Ron Standley’s Vikings competed in nine events last fall and recorded five top-three team finishes, finishing first out of five teams at the Augustana Quadrangular, second out of 13 teams at the St. Ambrose Fighting Bee Classic, second at the UW-Platteville Invitational third out of seven teams at the Mustang 4Ball Classic, and third out of 10 teams at the Clarke Invitational. The Vikings were also fifth out of 10 teams at the North Central Cardinal Classic, fifth out of 16 teams at the Monmouth Invitational, sixth out of 14 teams at the Augustana Invitational. In the spring, Augustana finished first out of seven teams at the Fighting Scots Spring Invitational, third out of three teams at the Rhodes Tri-Match, fourth out of eight teams at the Augie Invite, and eighth out of 11 teams at the Millikin Spring Classic.

2010 CCIW Championships *** Cantigny Golf Club *** Wheaton, Ill. *** Par 72, 5882 yards

Place

Team

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Total

1.

Illinois Wesleyan

326

318

321

965

2.

North Central

334

331

325

990

3.

Wheaton

338

332

322

992

4.

Millikin

338

345

345

1028

5.

Carthage

354

347

349

1050

6.

Elmhurst

368

352

352

1072

7.

Augustana

346

366

361

1073

8.

North Park

N/A

N/A

 

N/A

CCIW Individual Top Ten (plus Augustana finishers)

Place

Player

School

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Total

1.

Casi Blanton

Wheaton

78

77

76

231

2.

Katie Klosterman

Illinois Wesleyan

82

76

75

233

3.

Sarah L. Moore

Wheaton

81

77

77

235

4.

Alyssa Gaudio

North Central

79

78

84

241

5. (tie)

Brittany Holmes

Millikin

82

81

81

244

5. (tie)

Marisa Miko

North Central

86

83

75

244

7.

Megan Geraghty

Illinois Wesleyan

83

83

79

245

8.

Erica Woodall

Illinois Wesleyan

80

80

86

246

9.

Mallory Carr

North Central

81

88

78

247

10. (tie)

Brittany Hassee

Millikin

81

81

86

248

10. (tie)

Rose Kelly

Illinois Wesleyan

83

79

86

248

20. (tie)

Morgan Wilkinson

Augustana

86

87

93

266

22. (tie)

Brittany Carr

Augustana

85

93

89

267

22. (tie)

Megan Vandersee

Augustana

86

94

87

267

30.

Kelly Farina

Augustana

89

92

92

273

33. (tie)

Jamie Lawrence

Augustana

94

96

93

283

40. (tie)

Jessica Berens

Augustana

96

99

95

290

2010-11 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES

CCIW Finish: Seventh place

Invitational Finishes: First place…Augie Quadrangular (08/28/10 – five teams); Third place…Mustang 4Ball Classic (09/03-04/10 – seven teams); Fifth Place…North Central Cardinal Classic (09/07/10 – 10 teams); Sixth place…Augustana Invitational (09/09/10 – 14 teams); Fifth place…Monmouth Invitational (09/11/10 – 16 teams); Second place…St. Ambrose Fighting Bee Classic (09/18-19/10 – 13 teams); Second place…UW-Platteville Fall Invitational (09/25-26/10 – seven teams); Third place…Clarke Invitational (10/03/10 – 10 teams); Third Place…Rhodes Tri Match (03/06/11 – three teams); First place…Fighting Scots Spring Invitational (04/09/11 – seven teams); Eighth place…Millikin Spring Classic (04/15/11 – 11 teams); Fourth place…Augie Invite (04/21/11 – eight teams)

Best Stroke Average: 89.4 – Megan Vandersee with 1609 strokes in 18 rounds

Lowest Individual Round: 79 – Megan Vandersee (St. Ambrose Fighting Bee Classic on 09/18/10)

NGCA All-Scholar Team (for 2009-10): Tied for 16 th in nation in all divisions with 3.575 team GPA

NGCA All-American Scholars (for 2009-10): Megan Vandersee

Most Valuable Player: Megan Vandersee

Most Improved: Katelyn Lazar & Courtney VandeWiele

Most Inspirational: Jamie Lawrence & Morgan Wilkinson

Most Valuable Freshman: Jamie Lawrence & Kelly Farina

2011-12 Captain: Brittany Carr

Top 10 Individual Finishes in Invitationals

08/28/10 – Augustana Quadrangular: Megan Vandersee – second with an 84…Dena Capitani – tied for fourth with an 89…Morgan Wilkinson – tied for fourth with an 89…Jessica Berens – tied for sixth with a 90…Brittany Carr – tied for ninth with a 92

09/03-04/10 – Mustang 4Ball Classic: Brittany Carr – 10 th with a 176 (91 + 85)

09/07/10 – North Central Cardinal Classic: Brittany Carr – tied for sixth with a 91…Kelly Farina – tied for sixth with a 91

09/18-19/10 – St. Ambrose Fighting Bee Classic: Megan Vandersee – tied for first with a 163 (79 + 84)

09/25-26/10 – UW-Platteville Fall Invitational: Megan Vandersee – eighth with a 184 (94 + 90)…Morgan Wilkinson – 10 th with a 186 (89 + 97)

10/03/10 – Clarke Invitational: Megan Vandersee – second with an 80…Brittany Carr – tied for ninth with an 89

03/06/11 – Rhodes Tri Match: Brittany Carr – 10 th with a 94

04/09/11 – Fighting Scots Spring Invitational: Jessica Berens – second with a 94…Jamie Lawrence – tied for third with a 95…Megan Vandersee – tied for third with a 95…Kelly Farina – tied for fifth with a 96…Katelyn Lazar – tied for ninth with a 98…Morgan Wilkinson – tied for ninth with a 98

04/21/11 – Augie Invite: Brittany Carr – sixth with a 91…Kelly Farina – tied for seventh

Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand