Dakota Wesleyan women's golf dominating GPAC raceThe Dakota Wesleyan University women’s golf team built a 46-shot lead after the third Great Plains Athletic Conference qualifier Tuesday.
By: Sports Staff, The Daily Republic
LINCOLN, Neb. — The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s golf team built a 46-shot lead after the third Great Plains Athletic Conference qualifier Tuesday.
The Tigers won GPAC qualifier No. 3 by 14 strokes, shooting a 320 to top Northwestern College’s 334. Morningside College shot a 342 for third place.
“Our score was the best 18-hole team score we’ve had in the last two years,” DWU coach Adam Anderson said. “At this point in the year, I think we’re looking really good and peaking at the right time. I feel pretty good about where we’re at.”
The final GPAC qualifier is April 27 in Sioux City, Iowa, at Green Valley Golf Course. The Tigers are a virtual lock to win the league and qualify for nationals again.
“I think as long as everyone finishes their round, we’ll be all right,” Anderson said.
Individually, DWU’s Dani Bellet won her ninth meet of the year Tuesday and second spring meet with an even-par 73.
Bellet has won the GPAC individual title three straight years and leads the individual race this year by 14 strokes. She leads teammate Jenna Winckler, a Lake Andes native, while DWU’s Talia Peters, of Wagner, is fourth with a 248.
“I was so glad with how everyone did,” Winckler said. “This shows how well all of us can play on any given day.”
Tuesday, all five of DWU’s golfers finished in the top 15. Winckler tied for third with an 80, Chelsea Burback tied for sixth with an 83, Kamie Roesler was eighth with an 84 and Peters tied for 13th an 88.
“It was a total team effort, everyone played really well. We have a couple of the top golfers in the conference, and that helps a lot for sure. We have more depth than a lot of the other teams in the conference.”
DWU is back in action on Friday, when the Tigers travel to Sioux City, Iowa, for a tournament hosted by Morningside at Green Valley. It features as a warm-up for the final GPAC qualifier, Anderson said.