Tommie Sports - Women's Golf

Women's Golf wins by one stroke at MIACs

1st of 11
at MIAC Ch. (W), October 08, 2013

Team pic
Coach Sara Evens and her team survived an excellent battle with Carleton to take the MIAC title by one stroke. (Greg Smith photo)

In the closest finish in the eight years of 54-hole MIAC championship play, St. Thomas women's golf edged Carleton by one stroke and claimed the 2013 conference crown.

It's UST's ninth title but first since 2007. It sends Coach Sara Evens and her Tommies with an automatic berth into the May 2014 national tournament.

St. Thomas improved 49 shots from 2012's fourth-place finish and 58 shots from 2011's sixth-place finish. 

UST had three players close in the top five to get All-MIAC distinction, but it needed scores from all five players to hold off the Knights.

The victory capped an unbeaten fall season for St. Thomas in multi-team tournaments with five team victories -- four outright, one co-title.

The Tommies' 951 score and Carleton's 952 score are the second and third best since the 54-hole format began in 2006. St. Olaf shot 939 in 2011 to set the record.

PHOTOS: Top, Erin Dingmann; below, Rachel Morris

St. Thomas has had two previous close wins at the MIAC tourney, both in the old 36-hole format. The Toms topped Gustavus by one shot in the 36-hole tourney in 2004 and also beat the Gusties by two shots in 2001.  

Soph Erin Dingmann tied for 14th place as a freshman at 252. She came back this year to take second place at 231, as she improved her MIAC tourney score by 21 shots. She rallied Monday to shoot 77.

Freshman Rachel Morris' Monday score of 76 -- the day's second best of the tournament in a field of 54 players -- is her low score thus far in 11 collegiate rounds. That pushed her into fiPlayer picfth place at 238.

Senior Doyle O'Brien shot 77 and placed fourth at 232. Sophie Tuttle shot 84 on Monday to match her best score of the weekend and take 24th. Emma Wilson, whose 82 helped on Sunday, finished just behind her in 26th.

UST was tied for fourth place after one round, just three back. It moved into second place after Sunday, one behind Carleton. It trailed by several shots early in the round but rallied Monday on the back nine.

The golf win gives St. Thomas 132 women's regular-season conference team titles all time, including 70 in the last 15 seasons.Player pic


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PHOTOS: Top, Erin Dingmann; below, Rachel Morris


Sunday story

Tommie women’s golf sits one stroke out of the lead going into Monday’s final 18 holes at the MIAC Championships in Coon Rapids.

UST shot 317 –- the low score of Sunday’s round -– and is at 637 through 36 holes, one shot behind Carleton (636). Gustavus is in third place (646).

Tommie sophomore Erin Dingmann shot 79 and is at 154 in a three-way tie for the lead in a field of 54 players. Doyle O’Brien is alone in fourth place two shots back after a 77. Freshman Rachel Morris shot 79 and climbed into a tie for 11th at 162. Emma Wilson shot 82 and is tied for 15th. Sophie Tuttle shot 85 and is tied for 26th.

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Saturday story

Just three strokes separate the top five women’s golf teams after day one of the three-day MIAC Championships in Coon Rapids.

The Tommies and Gustavus are tied for fourth at 320 behind St. Ben’s (317), Carleton (318) and St. Olaf (319).

UST's Erin Dingmann (75) is in second while Doyle O’Brien (79) is tied for seventh.

The tourney continues with 18 holes on Sunday.

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