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June 20, 2013

2012-13 WOMEN'S GOLF SPRING REVIEW

Megan Vandersee led the Vikings in low-stroke average in 2012-13 with a mark of 87.4 in 19 rounds. She was the team's Most Valuable Player and finished ninth in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.

Vikings third at CCIW Championships; best finish since 2006; Megan Vandersee ninth individually; Tom Lawrence named head coach for 2013-14

The Augustana women's golf team completed the fall portion of its season by moving past North Central in the final round to finish in third place at the 2012 CCIW Championships. The Vikings' performance was their best at the conference meet since a second-place finish in 2006. In addition, junior Megan Vandersee (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.) finished ninth individually - the first top-ten finish for a Viking since Rachel Gahn took eighth in 2008.  

Augustana won its only dual meet against St. Ambrose and also captured the nine-team Benedictine Invitational. The Vikings had second-place finishes at the 13-team Monmouth Fighting Scot Invitational and the nine-team Mt. Mercy Mustang Fall Classic and completed the fall with an overall record of 47-20.  

In the spring, the team competed in four events and won the four-team Prairie Fire Spring Invitational hosted by Knox.  

Tom Lawrence, a 1984 Augustana graduate, was named Augustana's new head coach following the season. Lawrence will take over for interim Head Coach Pam Tyska, who guided the Vikings during the spring portion of this year's schedule.  

Vandersee led the way with eight top-ten finishes, including winning individual medalist honors at the Mustang Fall Classic (84-84 - 168) and Prairie Fire Spring Invitational (83). She averaged a team-best 87.4 strokes over 19 rounds in 12 events. She also recorded the team's lowest round with a 78 on the first day of the Maryville Spring Invitational.  

Senior Morgan Wilkinson (Westmont HS, Westmont, Ill.) was the only Viking to play in all nine fall events, finishing second on the team with an average of 89.1 strokes over 14 rounds. She recorded three top-ten finishes, including a second-place 82 in the St. Ambrose dual. That represented her lowest round of the fall as well. She tied for 17th at the CCIW Championships.  

Junior Jamie Lawrence (Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) was the individual medalist at the St. Ambrose dual, recording her low round of 81. She finished third on the team with an average of 90.5 strokes over 14 rounds in nine events. She recorded a two more top-ten finishes with a fourth-place (88) at the Augie Invite and a ninth-place 177 (89-88) at the Mustang Fall Classic. She finished in a tie for 13th at the conference meet.  

Junior Kelly Farina (Normal West HS, Bloomington, Ill.) recorded top-ten finishes in five of the nine events in which she competed. She was fourth on the team with an average of 91.8 strokes over 12 rounds. Her lowest round was an 83 at the Grinnell Invitational, which tied for seventh place. Her highest finish of the season came at the Fighting Scots Invitational, where she was second with a round of 90.  

Junior Dena Capitani (Hinsdale Central HS, Hinsdale, Ill.) averaged 92.8 strokes over 14 rounds in nine events. Her best round was an 83 in the first round of the Benedictine Invitational. Her highest finish was a tie for seventh (96) at the Prairie Fire Spring Invitational. She finished 22nd at the CCIW Championships.  

Sophomore Kaitlyn Czerwonka (Batavia HS, Batavia, Ill.) played only five rounds in four events, but was sixth on the team with a per-round average of 93.4 strokes. Her best two rounds came at the Benedictine Invitational, her final event of the year. She shot an 89 in the opening round and bettered that with an 87 on the second day.  

Freshman Samantha Barlage (Marian Catholic HS, Lansing, Ill.) played 16 rounds in 11 events. She averaged 94.1 strokes and recorded four top-ten finishes. Her best round and top finish came at Monmouth's Fighting Scot Invitational, when she shot an 84 to tie for third. She finished 33rd at the conference meet.  

Freshman Michelle Dempster (Mother McAuley HS, Oak Lawn, Ill.) averaged 94.2 strokes over 12 rounds in eight events. Her tie for sixth-place at the Benedictine Invitational helped the Vikings to the team title and she shot her best round of the season with an 81 in the opening round. She was 37th at the CCIW meet.  

Freshman Caitlin Doherty (Westmont HS, Westmont, Ill.) averaged 97.0 strokes in 10 events and 13 rounds. Her best round was a 90 at the Grinnell College Invitational and she finished in a tie for ninth at the Fighting Scots Invitational (99).  

Junior Kelly Olson (Prairie Ridge HS, Crystal Lake, Ill.) averaged 97.5 strokes over 15 rounds in 11 events. Her low round of 85 came at the Augustana Fall Classic, which tied her for sixth place.   

CCIW Championships

October 4-6, 2012

Meadowbrook Country Club--Racine, Wis.

Par 73, 5909 yards   

Rank  Team Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3  Total  Par
1  Illinois Wesleyan  351  329  338  1018   +142
2  Carthage  358  360  380  1098   +222
3  AUGUSTANA  379  369  372  1120   +244
4  North Central  370  368  387  1125   +249
5  Wheaton  382  367  394  1143   +267
6  Millikin  382  394  378  1154   +278
7  Elmhurst  384  391  390  1165   +289

   CCIW Individual Top Ten (plus Augustana finishers)   

Rank  Player  Team Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3  Total  Par
1  Kelly, Rose  Illinois Wesleyan  85  80  84  249   +30
2  Levens, Brittany  Illinois Wesleyan  83  85  85  253   +34
t3  Klosterman, Katie  Illinois Wesleyan  90  81  87  258   +39
t3  Moore, Sarah  Wheaton  87  81  90  258   +39
5  Rohn, Mary Kate  North Central  79  88  92  259   +40
t6  Dory, Taylor  Carthage  87  80  97  264   +45
t6  Geraghty, Megan  Illinois Wesleyan  96  83  85  264   +45
8  Candra, Rebecca  Illinois Wesleyan  94  88  84  266   +47
9  VANDERSEE, MEGAN  AUGUSTANA  85  94  91  270   +51
t10  Schoch, Michelle  Illinois Wesleyan  93  89  89  271   +52
t10  Schuerman, Gabbi  Millikin  89  94  88  271   +52
t13  LAWRENCE, JAMIE  AUGUSTANA  102  82  93  277   +58
t17  WILKINSON, MORGAN  AUGUSTANA  94  96  94  284   +65
22  CAPITANI, DENA  AUGUSTANA  98  97  94  289   +70
33  BARLAGE, SAMANTHA  AUGUSTANA  104  102  100  306   +87
37  DEMPSTER, MICHELLE  AUGUSTANA  107  105  102  314   +95

 2012-13 AUGUSTANA SUPERLATIVES

AUGUSTANA TEAM FINISHES:  First place - St. Ambrose dual (8/25/12)... Sixth place - Illinois College Fall Invitational (9/1-2/12, 13 teams)... Fourth place - Augustana Fall Classic (9/6/12, seven teams)... Second place - Fighting Scot Invitational (9/8/12, 13 teams)... Fifth place - Carthage Fall Invitational (9/13/12, eight teams)... First place - Benedictine Invitational (9/15-16/12, nine teams)... Second place - Mustang Fall Classic (9/22-23/12, nine teams)... Fifth place - Grinnell Invitational (9/29/12, seven teams)... First place - Prairie Fire Spring Invitational (4/5/2013, four teams)... Second place - Fighting Scots Invitational (4/6/2013, three teams)... 11th place - Maryville Spring Invitational (4/7-8/13, 11 teams)... Third place - Augie Invite (4/27/13, four teams)  

INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 FINISHES: 8/25/12 - St. Ambrose dual (1st - Jamie Lawrence, 81... 2nd - Morgan Wilkinson, 82... T-4th - Megan Vandersee, 85...T-7th - Samantha Barlage, 88... 9th - Kelly Farina, 89) 9/6/12 - Augustana Fall Invitational (T-6th - Michelle Dempster and Kelly Olson, 85) 9/8/12 - Fighting Scot Invitational (T-3rd - Samantha Barlage, 84) 9/13/12 - Carthage Fall Invitational (T-8th - Morgan Wilkinson, 89) 9/15-16/12 - Benedictine Invitational (3rd - Megan Vandersee, 82-80 - 162... T-6th - Michelle Dempster, 81-88 - 169... T-10 - Kelly Farina, 85-88 - 173) 9/22-23/12 - Mustang Fall Classic (1st - Megan Vandersee, 84-84 - 168... T-9th - Jamie Lawrence, 89-88 - 177 and Morgan Wilkinson, 86-91 - 177) 9/29/12 - Grinnell Invitational (T-7th - Kelly Farina, 83) 4/5/13 - Prairie Fire Spring Invitational (1st - Megan Vandersee, 83... 4th - Samantha Barlage, 89... T-7th - Dena Capitani, 96... T-7th - Kelly Farina, 96) 4/6/13 - Fighting Scots Invitational (2nd - Kelly Farina, 90... 4th - Samantha Barlage, 94... 6th - Megan Vandersee, 97... T-7th - Kelly Olson, 98... T-9th - Caitlin Doherty, 99) 4/12-13/13 - Millikin Spring Classic (T-9th - Megan Vandersee, 89-91 - 180) 4/27/13 - Augie Invite (T-4th - Jamie Lawrence, 88... T-4th - Megan Vandersee, 88... 9th - Michelle Dempster, 92)  

BEST STROKE AVERAGE:  87.4 - Megan Vandersee  

LOWEST INDIVIDUAL ROUND:  78, Megan Vandersee, Maryville Spring Invitational, 4/7/13  

CCIW ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE: Samantha Barlage, Dena Capitani, Michelle Dempster, Jamie Lawrence, Kelly Olson, Megan Vandersee