MORTON, Minn. (Dacotah Ridge GC) -- Junior Katy Woelfel fired a seven-over-par 79 Sunday to finish the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships with 83-78-79--240 (+24) and place ninth individually. Bemidji State University placed 10th in the tournament.
Woelfel led the Beavers from wire to wire and her 79 was part of a team effort that trimmed 19 strokes from its round two score (373) and finish the final day of competition with a 354. The Beavers climbed over Minnesota State University Moorhead, which posted a 376 Sunday, and into 10th place.
Bemidji State's 1,103 (+239) left it 200 strokes off the lead set by Augustana University, which finished with 304-305-294--903 (+39) to win its eighth consecutive NSIC title. The Vikings completed the 54-hole tournament with a 21 shot lead over Minnesota State University, Mankato and the rest of the 12-team field.
Four Vikings' golfers finished among the top five participants, led by individual medalist Kali Trautman. Trautman posted a seven-over-par 75-75-73--223 to finish with a two shot edge over teammate Emily Israelson (75-78-72--225). Both Vikings used strong play Sunday to leapfrog Concordia University-St. Paul's Savannah Stone, who held the lead after 36 holes.
In addition to BSU's Woelfel, who finished the championship 17 strokes out of medalist contention, Payton Miller finished tied for 47th (98-100-85--283/+67) and McKenna Blaine was two strokes back in 50th (99-96-90--285/+69).
The championship brings the Beavers' 2016-17 season to a close.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).