LINCOLN, Neb. – The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s golf team is in eighth place after the first day of the NAIA National Preview Tournament Monday hosted by Doane College at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln, Neb.
The Tigers are a part of a 21-team field that includes some of the best teams in the NAIA, including William Woods, which took fourth at the 2012 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships in Greeneville, Tenn., and Lubbock Christian University, which is a perennial favorite in the NAIA.
Dakota Wesleyan shot a 336 in Monday’s first round. The Tigers finished four strokes behind seventh-place Grand View University, which shot a 332. Lubbock Christian leads the team race with a 302 and William Woods is second with a 309. Wayland Baptist rounds out the top three with a 315.
Individually, sophomore Jenna Winckler leads the Tigers with an 80 after day on of competition. She is in 18th place. Junior Chelsea Burback shot an 83 and is tied for 22nd and freshman Lauren Fitts also finished in the top 30. She shot an 84 and is currently in 30th. Sophomores Talia Peters and Natalie Turner round out the Tigers’ top five. Peters shot an 89 and is tied for 50th and Turner shot a 90 and is tied for 53rd.
Three players are tied for first in the individual race. Sunny Powers of Concordia (Ore.) and Lubbock Christian teammates Anna Schopp and Sinae Montoya all shot 74s and hold the lead. Kenzie Rottinghaus of Grand View and William Woods’ Myriam Hassan shot 75s and are tied for fourth.
The second day of the tournament starts at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Wilderness Ridge.