Freshman Cayla Kim shot a 77 on Monday to take third in a field of 55 players and lead St. Thomas to a fourth-place team showing at the three-day MIAC Championships in Becker, Minn. Three of their five players had the best score of the tournament on Monday.
Bethel (941) improved five spots from 2018 and won its first MIAC title in women's golf. The Royals rallied to edge St. Catherine (943) by just two shots for the team title. Carleton (964) topped the Tommies (965) by one stroke for third place, with St. Ben's in fifth (975).
In 2018, the Tommies placed eighth with a score of 1071 and no players in the top 30.
St. Thomas will resume competition in March and April.
Tommie Women's Golf is in a three-way chase for third place as St. Catherine and Bethel have built seperation with one round to go at the MIAC Championships in Becker, Minn.
St. Thomas shot 330 on Sunday after an opening-day 319 for a 349 total. They have a two-stroke lead on fourth-lace Carleton and a five-stroke cushion on fifth-place St. Ben's.
The Toms are 21 behind St. Kate's (628) and 16 behind second-place Bethel.
Freshman Cayla Kim is in third place out of 55 players after she shot shot 80 Sunday and 74 on Saturday. Claudia Kim is tied for 10th after shooting 81. Sydney Steinmetz shot 82 and is tied for 20th. Courtney Shorter shot 87 and is tied for 31st.
Tommie Women's Golf shot 319 on Saturday in Becker, Minn., and sits seven strokes back in third place after the opening day of the 54-hole MIAC Championship tournament.
The competition includes 11 conference teams, and is the fifth and final event of the fall season for St. Thomas. There are 18 holes left on Sunday, plus the final 18 on Monday.
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St. Catherine (312), Bethel (315), St. Thomas (319), St. Ben's (323), Carleton (327) and Gustavus (333) hold the top six team slots.
The Toms have three freshmen and two sophomores competing.
Claudia Kim recorded a hole-in-one on the sixth hole en route to an 80. Fellow freshman Kayla Kim shot 74 and sits in second place out of 55 golfers. Soph Sydney Steinmetz (82), freshman Sophia Dooman (83) and soph Courtney Shorter (85) round out the lineup.
PHOTO: Claudia Kim (Chris Ebert photo)
Coach Sara Evens' Tommies, who have the fifth-best stroke average in the MIAC through four tournaments this fall, will look to improve on an eighth-place conference-meet finish of 2018.