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Bellet takes second at NAIA nationals

By JUSTIN RUST The Daily Republic GREENVILLE, Tenn. -- Dakota Wesleyan's Dani Bellet already guaranteed herself a spot in the 2012 NAIA Women's Golf Champion. Last year, Bellet finished 20th at the national meet -- that was the highest of any gol...

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By JUSTIN RUST

The Daily Republic

GREENVILLE, Tenn. -- Dakota Wesleyan's Dani Bellet already guaranteed herself a spot in the 2012 NAIA Women's Golf Champion.

Last year, Bellet finished 20th at the national meet -- that was the highest of any golfer in DWU women's golf history. The DWU junior took it one step further this year as she finished in second place at the national championship with a four-day score of 301.

British Columbia University's Kylie Barros won the individual title with a score of 297.

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After finishing in second place, Bellet was named to the all-tournament team, which consists of the top 15 golfers. Being named to the all-tournament team gives the golfers an automatic entry to next year's national championship, regardless of if their team qualifies for the tournament.

Bellet said she was not surprised to finish as high as she did.

"My goal was top 10, so I accomplished my goal," she said. "It was a lot of fun and I couldn't be happier.

"I knew if I could shoot four solid rounds of 70, I could be right there."

Bellet's coach was also not surprised with her finish.

"I knew with the way she was playing she could finish in the top 10," DWU coach Adam Anderson said. "I knew if she played well, she had the chance of winning."

Bellet actually had the same score as Barros the last three days. Both players shot a 75 the last two days and a 74 on the second day. On the first day, though, Bellet shot a 77 compared to a 73 for Barros.

Bellet's trouble on the first day came on the 15th and 17th holes as she had a double bogey on both holes, which led to her finishing four-over par for the day.

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"That day, that's probably the difference," Bellet said. "For the rest of the tournament, those two were tough holes, so better luck next year I guess."

Despite just missing out on a national title, Bellet said she is still pleased with where she finished.

"I gave it a good run (Friday), and I am happy with my finish," she said. "I have a higher goal for next year, so it will be a good drive for the whole summer to try and work up to the championship."

Anderson said Bellet's finish at the national championship was a big step for DWU.

"To have someone finish as the runner-up, it's huge," he said. "I think it will help the team's confidence and with recruiting.

"It's huge with Dani's confidence because she can come back as a senior knowing she has a chance of winning."

To see how the rest of the Wesleyan women's golfers did at the national meet, see Page 8.

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