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DWU women sweep GPAC golf awards

The Dakota Wesleyan University women's golf team swept the Great Plains Athletic Conference awards Wednesday.

A week after claiming the conference title, the Tigers hauled home five honors. Head coach Adam Anderson earned his sixth straight GPAC Women's Golf Coach of the Year, while sophomore Lauren Fitts was named the GPAC Women's Golfer of the Year for the second consecutive year. Chelsea Burback, Jenna Winckler and April Barnett also earned all-GPAC first-team honors.

Anderson, who could not be reached for comments, has won seven total conference coach of the year awards and has coached seven GPAC golfers of the year, 30 all-GPAC first team selections and four NAIA All-Americans. The Tigers also booked their 11th straight trip to the NAIA National Tournament, which begins Tuesday at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln, Neb.

Fitts, a Brookings native, won the award last year as a freshman. This is the sixth straight golfer of the year award for Wesleyan. She recently won the GPAC individual title, after beating Burback by six strokes. Fitts finished in the top 25 in each of the 12 tournaments DWU competed in this season.

Burback, a senior, has earned three all-GPAC honors and took second in the conference. She won the first GPAC qualifier of the season and is making her fourth trip to the national tournament next week.

Winckler, a junior and Lake Andes native, has earned three all-GPAC accolades after finishing tied for fourth in the conference standings. Freshman Burnett took sixth in the GPAC standings to earn the first GPAC honor of her career.