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Program Overview

 

Points of Pride

  • Five top-12 NCAA Championships finishes under Coach Sara Evens
  • Two top-10 NCAA individual finishers in last 10 seasons
  • Nine conference teams crowns since 2001 (seven in a row from 2001-07)
  • Eight MIAC meet medalists in last 26 seasons
  • 11 All-America honors since 2003

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With seven top-12 national finishes in the last 16 seasons, St. Thomas women’s golf has established itself among the top 30 programs in NCAA Division III.

St. Thomas has won nine conference teams crowns since 2001, including a streak of seven in a row from 2001-07.

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 19 conference meets, the Tommies have had more than 40 all-conference honorees, and won medalist honors seven times.

Fall 2019 will mark Sara Evens' 19th season as an MIAC head coach, including 15 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 14 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 12 athletes try out each year for about eight spots on the varsity team. 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.

 

Recent Success

Emily Thul tied for 27th place out of 100-plus competitors at nationals in 2018 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.

That team also had four upperclass athletes make Academic All-MIAC with cumulative gpas of 3.50 or better.

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 2007-08 Tommies won the conference meet by 19 strokes behind medalist and MIAC Player of the Year Laura Heck and placed seventh in the national meet. Heck and Holly Noble were named All-Americans.
 
The 2006-07 Tommies placed fifth out 18 teams in the national meet and were ranked as high as third in the nation. Noble was selected All-American and MIAC Player of the Year, and freshman Laura Heck was an honorable mention All-America.

The 2005-06 Tommies were ranked as high as third in Division III, and Maureen Hardwick was MIAC medalist

In 2004-05, senior Katie Glorvigen was chosen conference Player of the Year and also was voted a CoSIDA Academic All-America, while freshman Holly Noble was voted MIAC Rookie of the Year.