GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s golf team tees off Tuesday morning in its ninth consecutive appearance in the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships. The Tigers are set to tee off starting at 7:30 a.m. on May 15 at Link Hills in Greeneville, Tenn.
DWU, which won its fourth straight Great Plains Athletic Conference title in late April, is looking to improve on its 22nd-place team finish from the 2011 tournament. The Tigers’ best finish was a 10th-place finish in their first-ever trip to nationals in the 2003-04 season. This marks head coach Adam Anderson’s seventh straight trip to the national meet. DWU’s best finish in his tenure was a pair of 17th-place finishes in 2007 and 2008.
Individually, senior Dani Bellet is looking to wrap up a stellar four-year career with a national championship. Bellet took second at last year’s national meet. British Columbia’s Kylie Barros won the individual title by four strokes. Barros is also back this season, and Bellet is looking to earn the national champion title. Bellet is also trying for her third straight All-American honor this season. She earned honorable mention status as a sophomore and first team honors last season after her runner-up finish.
Also golfing for the Tigers this week will be sophomores Chelsea Burback and Kamie Roesler and freshmen Talia Peters and Jenna Winckler. Roesler and Burback both made the trip to nationals last season, and this marks the first trip to the national meet for both Peters and Winckler.
Dakota Wesleyan tees off starting at 6:30 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 15, from hole No. 10 at Link Hills. The Tigers will tee off with Lee (Tenn.) and Cal State San Marcos. On Wednesday, May 16, DWU starts the second round again with Lee and Cal State San Marcos, but this time the two schools start on hole No. 1 in the afternoon. DWU’s first tee time is scheduled for 12:50 p.m. CDT.
The national tournament runs through Friday, May 18. The 144-player field is comprised of 15 automatic qualifying teams and 13 at-large team selections. Four individuals earned a spot as either a medalist or as in individual at-large selection.