MILWAUKEE, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- Marian University will serve as host for the 2019 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Women's Golf Championship this Saturday through Monday at Meadowbrook Country Club in Racine, Wisconsin.
Teams will tee off beginning at 10:45 a.m. Saturday morning with pairings determined by each team's finish at the NACC Preview event on Sept. 8. The top three teams from the fall preview -- St. Norbert College, Aurora University, and Lakeland University -- will go off in the opening flight, followed by teams seeded fourth through sixth (Concordia University Wisconsin, Marian University, Benedictine University).
The final flight will be comprised of players from Wisconsin Lutheran College, Edgewood College, and Alverno College - the teams placing seventh through ninth at the Preview. The teams will be flighted with the No. 1 individual player from each school teeing off first, followed by the No. 2 player, the No. 3s, No. 4s, etc.
Pairings for the second (Sunday, 10:45 a.m.) and third (Monday, 9 a.m.) will be made according to the results from the previous day.
Monday's champion will earn the NACC's automatic berth into the field at the 2020 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship, which will be held May 12-15 on the Champions Course at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Aurora University enters this year's championship event as defending champion, picking up its fourth title in five seasons. The Spartans have claimed the most NACC women's golf crowns with seven, followed by the Falcons with five and Edgewood College with one.
2018 Recap: Last season, Aurora posted a 54-hole championship-record total of 1,002 to run away with the team title by 141 strokes. Individually, the Spartans took the top three spots in the medalist standings and placed a fourth in the top six. Spartan freshman Kallie Sakamoto became the first AU golfer since Kristen Richardson in 2007 to win medalist honors as she fired a 239 total (80-82-77) to edge teammate Becca Hasemann (80-82-81--243) by four strokes.
Top Returners: The top 10 individuals plus ties following Monday's final round will earn all-conference designation. This year, seven golfers from last year's top ten return, including Hasemann and fellow Spartans Hannah Schulz (third, 84-87-82--253) and Sarah Isaacs (sixth, 90-89-89--268), Lakeland's Ali Wilson (fourth, 88-86-88--262) and Colleen Nolan (tie-seventh, 92-89-97--278), Edgewood's Sarah Pophal (tie-seventh, 99-86-93--278) and Concordia Wisconsin's Amy Carpenter (ninth, 96-92-91--279).
2019 Synopsis: Aurora has the top scoring average this fall at 351.0 strokes per round. The Spartans have six of the top 10 rounds among NACC schools, including twice posting a league season-best 342 in the second round of the Illinois Wesleyan Fall Invitational and the Judson Invitational.
League newcomer St. Norbert - which won the NACC Preview by four strokes over Aurora - sits second with a 355.1 scoring average, followed by Lakeland (388.7) and Concordia Wisconsin (412.3).
Aurora players hold down five of the top eight individual scoring averages, led by sophomore Becca Haseman (second, 84.0 stroke average over three rounds). Hannah Schulz (fourth, 86.1 over eight rounds), Sarah Isaacs (fifth, 88.6 over eight rounds), Shelby Bergholz (seventh, 90.5 over eight rounds) and Madison Erickson (eighth, 90.8 over eight rounds) also rank in the top eight.
St. Norbert's Kayley Sjoholm, who has earned all four NACC Women's Golf Student-Athlete of the Week honors this fall, holds the top scoring average in the league at 82.9 over seven rounds. Elizabeth Bobinski (86.0) is third, while Taylor Obry (92.8) is 10th. Lakeland's Wilson (sixth, 90.3) and Edgewood's Pophal (ninth, 91.1) round out the top 10.
Sjoholm has been dominant this fall, carding six of the NACC's top 13 individual rounds, including league season-low 8-over-par 80s at the UW-Oshkosh Fall Classic and the UW-Whitewater Fall Invitational. She also posted an 83 to win medalist honors at the NACC Championship Preview, held Sept. 8 on the same Meadowbrook layout players will play this weekend.
Bobinski has three of the seven remaining top-13 rounds, while Schulz has two and Haseman and Pophal have one apiece. Each of the four has fired a season-best round of 81 this season.