RACINE, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- For the fifth time in six years and the eighth time overall, Aurora University captured the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) women's golf title following Monday's final round at the 2019 NACC Championships at Meadowbrook Country Club.
After playing the first two days in cool and rainy conditions, Monday's final round started under a cloud of fog before finishing under bright, sunny skies.
The Spartans, which placed four players in the top 10, picked up five strokes on the field Monday to finish with a three-day total of 1,054 (347-357-350), followed by NACC newcomer St. Norbert College with a team score of 1,081 (366-360-355).
Lakeland University finished third (388-375-388--1,151), followed by Concordia University Wisconsin (402-391-390--1,183), Benedictine University (422-431-416--1,269), Marian University (440-421-416--1,277), Edgewood College (437-442-410--1,289), Wisconsin Lutheran College (449-446-436-1,331) and Alverno College (537-539-513--1,589).
With the title, Aurora also earned 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.
Lakeland sophomore Ali Wilson held off Aurora sophomore Hannah Schulz and Edgewood junior Sarah Pophal to capture medalist honors. Entering the day with a two-stroke lead, Wilson fired an 87 to finish with a 257 total. Schulz fired a final-round 86 but was only able to cut the deficit in half. Pophal entered Monday tied for fifth and eight shots out of the lead but carded the round of the tournament Monday with a final-round 81 to finish third with a 259 total.
St. Norbert's Elizabeth Bobinski (89-89-86) and Aurora's Madison Erickson (85-95-84) tied for fourth at 264, just ahead of St. Norbert's Kayley Sjoholm (87-89-89--265) and Aurora's Becca Hasemann (90-88-89--267) and Sarah Isaacs (90-87-91--268). Benedictine's Ries McCue (91-92-90--273) and St. Norbert's Taylor Obry (98-90-91--279) round out the top 10.
The top 10 in the final medalist standings receive all-conference honors.
Wilson Named NACC Player of the Year
As the medalist at the NACC Championships, Wilson also received NACC Player of the Year honors. She is the first Muskie to win medalist honors at the NACC Championships or be named NACC Women's Golf Player of the Year.
St. Norbert's Borgen, CUW's Flocco Share Top Frosh Honors
Bree Borgen of St. Norbert and Gabrielle Flocco of Concordia Wisconsin shared NACC Freshman of the Year honors as the true freshmen with the lowest aggregate score at the championships. Each posted a 54-hole total of 281 to finish in a three-way tie for 11th place with Amy Holzer, also of St. Norbert.
Aurora's Wyeth Named Coach of the Year
Aurora head coach Justin Wyeth was named NACC Coach of the Year by a vote of his peers. It is his fifth NACC Women's Golf Coach of the Year honor in the last six seasons (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019).
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