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FREMONT, Neb. — After Great Plains Athletic Qualifier No. 3, the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s golf team holds a 50-stroke lead over Northwestern College in the qualifier standings.

Coming into the day, the Tigers held a 37-stroke lead and added to its total Wednesday, as the team won the GPAC Qualifier with a score of 344. Northwestern came in second with a score of 357.

“This might be the best team we have ever had as far as women’s golf goes and that is really saying something,” DWU golf coach Adam Anderson said. “In the last nine years that I have been here, this is probably the strongest overall team that I have coached.”

The Tigers also won the first two GPAC Qualifiers. Tuesday Lauren Fitts led the way for DWU, she carded an 83 to finish in a tie for second place with Northwestern’s Emma Wynja. Concordia’s Amy Ahlers shot an 80 to win the event.

Wesleyan’s Chelsea Burback and Jenna Winckler each shot an 86 to finish tied for sixth place. April Barnett finished with an 89 for 12th place and Tiera Feller shot a 95 for 19th place.

“We just have to keep doing what we are doing,” Anderson said. “We need to keep the pedal down and try to win by more and more so we can have some momentum going into the national championship.”

Anderson said his team was affected by the conditions, but still managed to play a good round of golf. He said it rained for 11 or 12 holes and the wind was prevalent.

“For the conditions I felt like we played ok,” Anderson said. “It wasn’t great golf, but we did good overall considering the tough conditions.”

GPAC qualifier number four is May 5 at Fox Run in Yankton. The Tigers have won five straight GPAC titles and have won 10 of the last 11 conference championships.