Women’s Golf Finishes Fourth in MIAA, Earns Spot in NCAA Qualifier

Women’s Golf Finishes Fourth in MIAA, Earns Spot in NCAA Qualifier

Written by Emily Jodway, Sports Information Student Assistant

Battle Creek, Mich. - The Alma College women's golf team played the final round of the MIAA Tournament on Saturday (Oct. 7), scoring a 327 and setting a new school record. The previous school record was 335 set in the final round of last year's MIAA Tournament.

The Scots ended the day in fourth place with a total score of 668 (+94) and will conclude the season fourth overall in the MIAA, securing them a spot in the spring NCAA qualifying tournament. 

Juniors Kennedy Hilley (Lake Odessa, Mich./Lakewood) and Tori Basso (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) earned Second-Team All-MIAA honors for the first time in their careers.

What Happened

  • Leading for the Scots in both rounds was Hilley, who shot an 80 (+10) today and tied for ninth.  
  • Taking second and placing 15th overall, Basso shot an 81 (+11).
  • In third, senior Katie Neiswender scored an 82 (+12) and landed in a tie for 21st place.
  • Sophomore Jennifer Kowalczyk (Northville, Mich./Northville) tallied an 84 (+14) and ended the day tied for 24th place.
  • Junior Hannah Joslin (Linden, Mich./Linden) tied for 32nd and shot an 88 (+18).

Notables

  • Neiswender set a new personal record today, taking one stroke off her previous career best of 83 set at the MIAA Jamboree in 2016.
  • With eight fewer strokes than last year, the Scots overtook their previous school record of 335, also set in the MIAA tournament's second round.
  • All five Scots improved upon their scores from yesterday's round.
  • Kowalczyk and Hilley set their season-lowest scores at this tournament.
  • The Scots' top-four finish today earned them a trip to the 2018 NCAA qualifier for the first time since 2003.  

What's Next

This concludes the 2017 season for the women's golfers, and they will play next spring in the NCAA qualifying tournament.

Contact: Zach Russo, Assistant Sports Information Director, (989) 463-7436