Placke, Sears place top five at Midland Invite

By Jake Knabel on Sep. 10, 2018 in Women's Golf

FREMONT, Neb. – The field of 60 golfers could not have asked for a nicer day for Monday (Sept. 10)’s Midland Fall Invite staged at Fremont Golf Club. Freshman Kendra Placke and junior Murphy Sears took advantage by both placing inside the top five on the individual leaderboard. Collectively, the Concordia University women’s golf team placed seventh out of nine squads – eight of which were GPAC schools.

The 371 carded by eighth-year head coach Brett Muller’s group represented a significant improvement from the 390 turned in on the second day of the Bulldogs’ season opening tournament.

The Seward High School product Placke has been the team’s top golfer through three rounds. She’s earned a top five finish at both of her first two collegiate tournaments. Her nine-over-par 82 on Monday allowed for a third-place finish that put her three strokes off the event’s medalist. Placke recorded 10 pars and one birdie in her latest round. Meanwhile, Sears was hot on her heels with an 83 (tied for fourth place). The Crete native parred seven times and birdied once.

Four others represented Concordia at the Midland Invite: sophomore Andrea Peterson (101; T-37th), freshman Britney Jepsen (105; T-41st), junior Paighton Barbre (107; T-43rd) and senior Madison Pitsch (113; 52nd). In terms of season average, Jepsen has been the team’s No. 3 golfer behind Placke and Sears.

Up next is the Lila Frommelt Invite hosted by Briar Cliff on Friday and Saturday. Both rounds will unfold at Two Rivers Golf Course in North Sioux City, S.D.