Golfer, former coach win 3rd straight; SDGA Two-Woman Championship goes to Coluccio, Evenson againSince leaving the coaching staff for Dakota Wesleyan University’s golf team, Jenny Coluccio has teamed up with former Tigers golfer Dani (Bellet) Evenson to compete in the South Dakota Golf Association Two-Woman Championship.
By: Kevin Pottebaum, The Daily Republic
Since leaving the coaching staff for Dakota Wesleyan University’s golf team, Jenny Coluccio has teamed up with former Tigers golfer Dani (Bellet) Evenson to compete in the South Dakota Golf Association Two-Woman Championship.
The duo came away with their third straight title in the event with a two-round total of 137 Saturday and Sunday at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell. Saturday, the golfers carded a 67 and finished Sunday’s round with a 70.
Coluccio coached Evenson, formerly Dani Bellet until her June 30 marriage to Tyler Evenson, for two years at Dakota Wesleyan before becoming the head coach for the University of Sioux Falls.
The two won the weekend event by seven strokes over Julie Jansa and Kelli Sinksen, both of Sioux Falls.
Beside a couple of practice rounds, the golfers said they don’t play together away from the Two-Woman Championship.
“This is the only time we really play together,” Evenson said. “We see each other at some other SDGA events if we both are playing.
“We’ll be playing in this (together) for a while.”
Although the team’s 7-under par score was impressive, it couldn’t beat last year’s performance from the two when they finished the event with a 13-under par score at the Golf Club at Red Rock in Rapid City.
“Last year, we just went out and went crazy at Red Rock,” Coluccio said. “We couldn’t have played any better.”
The two said their victory was truly a team effort with each player doing their part.
“We both hit good shots at the right time,” Evenson said. “Neither of us played really bad, neither of us played really good, but we partner really well.”
The two days of the tournament are set up with different styles, with the field playing four-ball on day one and chapman on day two. Four-ball has both players playing their own shot with two groups teeing off together. The lower score among partners is what is recorded.
In Chapman, both players tee off and each player hits their teammate’s ball for the second shot. The pair picks which ball they will take after each has hit the second shot and alternate shots until making it in the cup.
The tournament also awards a low-net championship based on handicaps. That title went to Ruthie and Jessica Moore, of Scotland, with a tournament score of 136.
SDGA Two-Woman Championship results
Championship Flight — 1. Jenny Coluccio/Dani (Bellet) Evenson, Sioux Falls/Mitchell 137; 2. Julie Jansa/Kelli Sinksen, Sioux Falls 144; 3. Morgan Fitts/Lauren Fitts, Brookings 146; 4. Karla Murra/Jill Mollner, Sioux Falls 148; 5. Megan Mingo/Hannah Withrow, Yankton 149; 6. Claire Jansa/Hallie Getz, Sioux Falls/Pierre 152; 7. Janice Baumberger/Nicole Funck, Indianapolis/Dakota Dunes 153; 8. Katie Benedict/Kylie Hammer, Sioux Falls/Harrisburg 153; 9. Kristin McInerney/Dawn McInroy, Brandon/Sioux Falls 153; 10. Kristin Sabers/Kylie Gaughenbaugh, Mitchell/Canton 156; 11. Sydney Bormann/Jordan Bromann, Parkston 157; 12. Kelsey Johnson/Michaela Kouri, Sioux Falls 158; 13. Patty Coddington/Peggy Kirby, Sioux Falls 159; 14. Sarah Metz/Laura Peters, Sioux Falls/Hartford 164; 15. Rebecca Peacock/Tara Volesky, Mobridge/Mitchell 167; 16. Tia Nihart/Davee Johnson, Huron/Burke 171.
First Flight — 1.Peg Evan/Patty Even, Sioux Falls 145; 2. Sarah Egan/Sharon Wilson, Sioux Falls 145; 3. Vonda Bjorklund/Kathy Funk, Volga/Custer 148; 4. Pam Hoiland/Jeri Krsnak, Sioux Falls 148; 5. Cindy Olson/Janet Boyum, Sioux Falls/Canton 150; 6. Sandy Jerstad/Karen Rohde, Sioux Falls/Brandon 154; 7. Kris Zortman/Sandy Dunlap, Sioux Falls 156; 8. Judy Kendall/Maggie Blaylock, Sioux Falls 162.
Second Flight — 1. Mary Grogan/Kelly Munce, Sioux Falls/Hartford 139; 2. Lois Quam/Marilyn Skyberg, Huron/De Smet 140; 3. Pam Larsen/Brooke McDonald, Dell Rapids/Wentworth 143; 4. Pat Lankhorst/Rita Stelzer, Sioux Falls 144; 5. Sharla Van Wettering/Jean Casey, Sioux Falls 147; 6. Nancy Stofferahn/Julie Melham, Humboldt/Sioux Falls 150; 7. Arlene Klawiter/Sharon Hanson, Sioux Falls 151; 8. Darlene Even/Nita Carey, Sioux Falls 153.
Third Flight — 1. Ruthie Moore/Jessica Moore, Scotland 136; 2. Cristy Sim/Laura Butler, Sioux Falls 143; 3. Karin Schultz/Moira Zahn, Hartford/Sioux Falls 145; 4. Barb Cook/Jan Jaqua, Huron 145; 5. Jill Johnson/Jill Casanova, Sioux Falls 146; 6. Carla DeLeon/Veronica Lesselyoung, Rapid City 147; 7. Romy Thomas/Juanita Christianson, Rapid City 148; 8. Mary Klozenbucher/Marie Fawcett, Huron 150; 9. Traci Holder/Lori Kadel, Rapid City 151; 10. Myla Kampshoff/Becky Jansa, Sioux Falls 152; 11. Deb Nold/Karen Alfson, Madison 153; 12. Jean Nash/Dixie Lecy, Rapid City 156; 13. Sharon Remmers/Sarah Zerfas, Hartford 157.