MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s golf team used five solid individual performances to dominate the Great Plains Athletic Conference team race this season. The Tigers won their fifth straight conference title by 71 strokes to earn a trip to the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships.
One of those five individuals was junior Chelsea Burback, who put together a pair of low rounds back-to-back in the third and fourth conference qualifiers to help the Tigers continue to build upon their dynasty. For her performance last week, Burback – a junior for the Tigers – is this week’s GPAC Women’s Golfer-of-the-Week, it was announced Thursday by the league.
After the third GPAC qualifier, scheduled for early April, was postponed due to snowy weather, both the third and fourth qualifiers were played April 26 in Sioux City, Iowa. In the first 18 holes of the day, Burback – a Northglenn, Colo., native – tied for third and in the second round of the day, she tied for first.
At the third qualifier – the first 18 holes played on April 26 – Burback shot a 44 on the front nine and a 41 on the back for an 85. She finished in a tie for third and helped DWU win the team title by 11 strokes. On the second 18 holes – the fourth qualifier – Burback shot an 80 and tied with teammate Lauren Fitts for first place and helped DWU to another first-place finish, this one by 18 strokes. Burback finished second in the overall GPAC individual standings eight strokes behind Fitts with a 333. As a team, the Tigers shot a 1,351 and finished 71 strokes ahead of Northwestern, which took second with a 1,422.
Burback and her DWU teammates are back in action at the women’s golf national championships May 21-24 at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln, Neb. This year’s national meet is hosted by Doane College. This will be Burback’s third straight trip to the national meet.