Nebraska City, NE - The Graceland women's golf team completed its 2016 season this week by participating in the Heart of America Conference tournament hosted by Peru State College.
Heart Conference Tournament Nebraska City, NE
Table Creek Golf Course – Par 72, 5846 yards.
Team finish 11 of 11
Weather was pleasant both days. Monday the high was in the low 60s with a light north breeze. Tuesday the high was in the 70s with a light southwest breeze. Good playing conditions.
Coach Brunner's comments:
This is the first time this spring that we were able to field a team to finish with a team score. The spring has been difficult due to injuries. Caitlin McNabb returned from an injury and Sadie Greene moved over from softball to help finish the season. Seniors Alexis Miller and Hannah Krueger played all spring season. We finished last but it was good to have a team score on the board. I was pleased with our performance and look forward to next season with anticipation. We will have Caitlin returning and hopefully Shaye Brewer will be recovered from a back injury also. There will be several new recruits coming to step in and help the team continue to move forward.
The conference expanded from 7 to 11 teams that participate in golf. The new teams have increased the competitiveness and so now we need to rise to the challenge.
Alexis Miller shot 92-91 = 183 (29). Lexi played well and birdied two holes on the last nine of this tournament. If she would have putted better on day 1 and not made some errant shots in the early going on day 2 she would have been in contention. "Lexi is a leader on the course and on campus. She was the Student Athletic Advisory Council representative for women's golf and did a great job. I will miss Lexi playing on the team. It is fun to reminisce back to when we first met. Her grandma introduced me to a fireball golfer while she was still in high school. It has been a privilege to have her on the team."
Hannah Krueger shot 102-107 = 209 (T47). Hannah is her own worst critique. When she hit the ball well she was fine. A miscue and she would start to analyze her swing and think about how to make it right. "I admire Hannah a lot. I first saw her at Spectacular and knew that she had a lot of potential. She was a hard working golfer and she improved a lot on the course. It was a privilege to have coached her for four years."
Sadie Greene shot 110-113 = 223 (T51). Sadie would never admit to being sick but she did not feel 100% while playing. On the way to the tournament she was feeling chilled but she came out and played. She is an excellent athlete that excels at whatever sport she chooses to play. "I am thankful that Sadie played golf with us. I know she was not happy about her performance but she never stops trying. She is a contributor and someone that I always want on my side. I hope more golf is in her future."
Caitlin McNabb shot 113-95 = 208 (T45). Caitlin by far had the biggest smile on her face when she walked off the course. Her goal for the season was to break the 100 mark in a collegiate tournament. When she injured her knee that goal seemed a long ways a way. However, with dedication and hard work she was able to rehabilitate her knee and get ready for the conference tournament. I am very proud of Caitlin. She shot 95 her last round and met her goal of breaking 100. She has made significant strides in her game and I am impressed with her dedication. If she keeps working this hard I think she will be looking to break 90 next fall.
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