MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s golf team picked up its second win of the year Saturday in front of a home crowd. The Tigers beat out Northwestern College by 16 strokes to win their own DWU Palace City Classic. The two-day event started Friday afternoon at Lakeview Golf Course and wrapped up Saturday at Wild Oak Golf Club in Mitchell.
Dakota Wesleyan led the Red Raiders by four strokes after Friday’s round. DWU shot a 349 in the first round and Northwestern shot a 353. Saturday, DWU shaved 13 strokes off its score and shot a 326 to Northwestern’s 338. The Tigers finished the weekend with a 675 and the Red Raiders took second with a 691.
Iowa Central Community College finished third with a 722, St. Mary’s (Neb.) finished fourth with a 727 and Mount Marty College rounded out the top five with a 734.
Northwestern’s Emma Wynja and Iowa Central’s Emily Elliott were tied with 163s at the end of two rounds, but Wynja won on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to take home the individual title. She shot an 80 on the first day and an 83 on the second. Elliott – who shot an 83 Friday and an 80 Saturday – took second.
Four of the Tigers’ top five golfers finished in the top 10. Freshman Lauren Fitts led the team with a 166 and a third-place finish. She shot an 84 Friday and an 82 Saturday. Chelsea Burback and Natalie Turner both tied for fifth with 170s. Burback shot a 92 Friday and then took 14 strokes off her score to card a 78 Saturday. Turner shot an 87 and an 83. Sophomore Talia Peters tied for seventh with a 171 after shooting an 88 Friday and an 83 Saturday. Also for DWU, Jenna Winckler finished 11th with a 173 (90, 83).
DWU also had three golfers playing as individuals at the tournament. Chelsea Boddicker tied for 20th with a 183 (99, 84); Emilie Palo took 24th with a 186 (89, 97) and Taylor Anshutz tied for 33rd with a 196 (105, 91).
Dakota Wesleyan is in Lincoln, Neb., Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 24-25, for the NAIA National Preview Tournament hosted by Doane College at Wilderness Ridge. The preview tournament is one of three the Tigers have left for the fall portion of the 2012-13 season.