BEMIDJI, Minn. (Bemidji Town and Country Club) – The Bemidji State University women’s golf team opened its 2016-17 by hosting the Tracy Lane Memorial Intercollegiate Golf Tournament, Sunday and Monday at the Bemidji Town and Country Club. Led by Katy Woelfel, who finished sixth individually, the Beavers took seventh in the 36-hole event.
Woelfel, who carded rounds of 79 (+7) and 82 (+10) finished four strokes (161/+17) off the pace set by Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Abbe Partington (82-75=157/+13).
Partington and the Mavericks places all four of its counted scores among the top 10 on the leaderboard to claim the team title 326-319=645 (+69), finishing the two-day event with a 17-shot cushion over Concordia University-St. Paul (335-327=662).
Bemidji State recorded rounds of 358 and 360 to finish with 718 (+142) in seventh place.
The Tracy Lane Memorial is named in honor of former BSU golfer Tracy (Depew) Lane who died of cervical cancer Aug. 10, 2013, at age 31. Lane was a member of the BSU Women's golf team in the early 2000s and twice finished amongst the top 15 individuals at the NSIC Championship. Following her collegiate career and graduation, she went on to become a PGA professional in California. In the final stages of Tracy's battle with cancer, she and her husband Derek started the Tracy Lane Foundation. The tournament and dinner mutually benefitted the Tracy Lane Foundation to help raise awareness of this preventable disease.
Bemidji State will return to action Sept. 24-25 when it travels to Marshall, Minn. and the Marshall Country Club for the SMSU Mustang Fall Invitational.
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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).