With seven top-12 national finishes in the last 15 seasons, St. Thomas women’s golf has established itself among the top 30 programs in NCAA Division III.
St. Thomas returned to the NCAA Championships in 2014 after taking the conference crown by one stroke. That was the Tommies’ sixth NCAA team berth in the 15-year history of the event, with a best of fifth place in 2007.
In the last 18 conference meets, the Tommies have had more than 40 all-conference honorees, and won medalist honors seven times.
Fall 2018 will mark Sara Evens' 18th season as an MIAC head coach, including 14 at St. Thomas. She has guided the Toms to seven NCAA Championship trips and five conference crowns (fall 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015) in her first 13 seasons.
Evens was chosen MIAC Coach of the Year in 2005-06 and 2013-14. A teaching pro at St. Paul's Town & Country Golf Club the previous seven years, Evens played college golf for the Minnesota Gophers (1989-93). Now in her second college coaching post, Evens has continued the progress made by Cathy Lombritto, who guided the program the previous eight seasons. Lombritto was named MIAC Coach of the Year after her Tommies took conference championships in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
The team competes in both the fall and spring seasons. Approximately 20 athletes try out each year for about 12 spots on the varsity and junior-varsity teams. The Tommies play and practice at many challenging courses in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota and usually make a spring trip to Georgia, Arizona or Florida.
Emily Thul tied for 27th place out of 100-plus competitors at nationals to cap an excellent career.
The 2015-16 Tommies won the MIAC Championship to receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships, where they tied for eighth place. Emily Thul lead the Tommies as she tied for third place out of 109 golfers to receive All-America honors.
In the closest finish in the eight years of 54-hole MIAC championship play, St. Thomas edged Carleton by one stroke and claimed the 2013-14 conference crown, led by medalist runner-up Erin Dingmann. The Tommies later finished 12th in the NCAA Championships, and Doyle O’Brien placed fifth individually in a field of 110. It marked O’Brien’s third top-10 individual finish at nationals.
The 2008-09 Tommies qualified and placed 17th at the NCAA Championships, playing without injured All-American, Laura Heck. Having the lowest stroke average in the MIAC at 78.7 that year, Heck was named MIAC Player of the Year for the second time in her career. She won the 2008 MIAC Championship by five shots.
The 2005-06 Tommies were ranked as high as third in Division III, and Maureen Hardwick was MIAC medalist