DWU sweeps weekly GPAC golf awards

Chelsea Burback from DWU.

Chelsea Burback

Austin Hieb from DWU.

Austin Hieb

MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University golf programs swept the Great Plains Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Week awards, it was announced Wednesday morning by the league. For the Tiger men, junior Austin Hieb earned the honor and junior Chelsea Burback was the women’s weekly winner for the DWU women.

This is the second weekly honor of the year and career for Hieb, who also won the award on Oct. 3, 2012, after taking fifth at the Hastings Fall Invite. This is the first weekly league honor for Burback.

Hieb earned his latest weekly honor by leading the DWU men with a second-place finish at the Southwestern College Spring Invite March 18-19 in Winfield, Kan. He was tied for second with a 72 after the first day of competition, and carded a 75 on the second day to finish with a 147. Hieb’s finish helped the Tigers take third as a team.

This is the second top-five finish of the season for Hieb, who took fifth at the Hastings College Swan Song Invite on Sept. 24. It also marks his third top-10 finish of the year. The Aberdeen, S.D., native took eighth at the second GPAC qualifier of the year.

Burback earned the weekly golf honor after pacing the Dakota Wesleyan women with a fourth-place individual finish at the Southwestern Invite. She was tied for first after the first day with a 79, and shot an 85 in the second round to fall back to fourth. Her top-five finish helped the Tigers edge Seminole State Community College by a single stroke for the team title at the tournament.

This is the fifth top-five finish for Burback – a Northglenn, Colo., native – this season and the second time she has led the team individually. Burback took third at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite and the second GPAC qualifier, fourth at the first conference qualifier and tied for fifth at the Palace City Classic.

The Dakota Wesleyan men and women return to action April 8 and 9 for the third GPAC qualifier of the season. The men are in Lincoln, Neb., on April 8 for the qualifier, hosted by Doane College, and the women’s qualifier is April 9 in Hastings, Neb., and is hosted by Hastings College. Both teams were scheduled to compete at the Grandview Invite April 1-2, but that tournament was canceled due to course conditions and the pending forecast.