Season Stats: MEN - WOMEN

 

2013-14 Men's Golf Schedule/Results

 

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 5-6 Siouxland Invite Sioux Center, Iowa / Orange City, Iowa T9 of 17
Sept. 17 Doane Invite Lincoln, Neb. 3 of 13
Sept. 19 GPAC Qualifier No. 1 - Green Valley GC Sioux City, Iowa T9 of 11

OCTOBER

Oct. 8 Morningside Invite Sioux City, Iowa 3 of 7
Oct. 11-12 Nebraska Intercollegiate Tournament Norfolk, Neb. 7 of 9
Oct. 14 GPAC Qualifier No. 2 Lincoln, Neb. 9 of 11
GPAC standings 

MARCH

March 29 Bethel Invite - Hesston Golf Park Hesston, Kan. Results
March 30 Bethel Invite - Sand Creek Station Newton, Kan. 14 of 19

APRIL

April 11 Doane Invite - Wilderness Ridge GC Lincoln, Neb. Results
April 12 Doane Invite - College Heights GC Crete, Neb. 4 of 7
April 18 Wild West Shootout - Wild Horse GC Gothenburg, Neb. T-6 of 17
April 21 GPAC Qualifier No. 3 - Lochland Country Club Hastings, Neb. 8 of 11
GPAC standings 
April 24 Mount Marty Invite - Fox Run GC Yankton, S.D. 10 of 12
April 26 Bulldog-Tiger Ryder Cup - York Country Club York, Neb. Exhibition
April 28 GPAC Qualifier No. 4 - Fox Run GC Yankton, S.D. T8 of 11
GPAC standings 

 

2013-14 Women's Golf Schedule/Results

 

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 6 Morningside Invite Sioux City, Iowa 4 of 10
Sept. 10 GPAC Qualifier No. 1 - Wild Oak GC Mitchell, S.D. 7 of 11
Sept. 15-16 Nebraska Wesleyan Invite Lincoln, Neb. 9 of 12
Sept. 23-24 NAIA National Preview - Wilderness Ridge GC Lincoln, Neb. 13 of 18

OCTOBER

Oct. 2 GPAC Qualifier No. 2 Sioux City, Iowa 6 of 11
GPAC Standings

APRIL

April 8 Midland Invite - Fremont Golf Club Fremont, Neb. 5 of 10
April 14 Nebraska Wesleyan Invite - Holmes GC Lincoln, Neb. CANCELED
April 15 Nebraska Wesleyan Invite - Pioneers GC Lincoln, Neb. 4 of 10
April 23 GPAC Qualifier No. 3 - Fremont Golf Club Fremont, Neb. T6 of 11
GPAC standings 

MAY

May 1 Mount Marty Invite - Fox Run GC Yankton, S.D. 6 of 9
May 5 GPAC Qualifier No. 4 - Fox Run GC Yankton, S.D. 7 of 11
GPAC standings 

2013-14 Bulldog Men's Golf Roster

Name

Yr.

Hometown

Previous School

Brock Colclasure

So.

Central City, Neb.

Central City

Court Croghan

Fr.

Seward, Neb.

Southeast CC

Sam DeFreece

Sr. 

Overland Park, Kan. 

Olathe South 

Jared Knoepfel

Fr. 

Fremont, Neb.

Fremont

Matt Lehenbauer

Fr. 

Lake Ozark, Neb.

School of the Osage

Cody Lehmann

Sr. 

Norfolk, Neb. 

Lutheran High Northeast

Colton Marshall

Fr. 

North Platte, Neb.

Hershey

Sam Mayhall

Jr. 

Parker, Colo.

Lutheran High-Parker

Shawn Rodehorst

Jr. 

Kearney, Neb. 

Kearney Catholic 

Sam Simonson

So. 

Saint Libory, Neb. 

Heartland Lutheran 

Garrett Suchanek

So. 

Grand Island, Neb.

Heartland Lutheran

Grant Worthington

Fr. 

Peachtree City, Ga.

McIntosh

2013-14 Bulldog Women's Golf Roster

Name

Yr.

Hometown

Previous School

Amy Ahlers

Fr. 

Albion, Neb. 

Boone Central

Gretyl Bremer

So. 

Grand Island, Neb. 

Heartland Lutheran

Jenelle Hallaert 

Jr. 

Omaha, Neb. 

Burke 

Kayla Krueger

Fr. 

Aberdeen, S.D. 

Central

Melissa McIntosh 

Jr. 

Lincoln, Neb. 

Northeast 

Kristin Remm

So. 

Doniphan, Neb. 

Doniphan-Trumball

Allison Schieffer 

Jr. 

Fordyce, Neb. 

Cedar Catholic 

2013-2014 Coaching staff

Head Coach: Brett Muller

Assistant Coach: Corrie Johnson 

Bulldog golf: 2013-14 season preview 

2 SEP 2013

MEN
Head Coach: Brett Muller (third year)
2012-13 GPAC Finish: 10th (338-335-325-319–1,317)
Key Returners: Brock Colclasure (So.); Sam DeFreece (Sr.); Sam Mayhall (Jr.); Shawn Rodehorst (Jr.); Sam Simonson (So.); Garrett Suchanek (So.)
Key Newcomers: Court Croghan, Josh Hinrichs, Jared Knoepfel
2012 GPAC All-Conference: Shawn Rodehorst (8th – 82-78-72-70–302)

WOMEN
Head Coach: Brett Muller (third year)
2012-13 GPAC Finish: 11th (415-392-398-401–1,606)
Key Returners: Gretyl Bremmer (So.); Jenelle Hallaert (Jr.); Melissa McIntosh (Jr.); Allison Schieffer (Jr.)
Key Losses: Makenzie Deutschman, Chelsea Peck, Madison Phillips
Key Newcomer: Amy Ahlers

Outlook:
Coming off significant improvement this past spring, the Bulldog golf programs see plenty of reason for optimism heading into the 2013-14 campaign under third-year head coach Brett Muller. The men will lean upon a host of returners, led by all-conference performer Shawn Rodehorst, while the women hope for a boost from incoming Boone Central High School product Amy Ahlers.

Despite finishes near the bottom of the GPAC last season, Muller believes things are beginning to come together for both programs.

“Obviously we just want to improve every year and be more consistent,” Muller said. “I’ve really seen a change in culture with Bulldog golf since I’ve been here. People are a lot more committed to the program and want to put in the extra time and get better. We just need to give 110 percent every practice and start taking strides forward.”

The obvious commitment of Rodehorst, a junior from Kearney, Neb., has set the standard for Concordia golf, literally. The business administration major broke school records last season for lowest season average (75.15 – 13 rounds), lowest two-round score at a single meet (71-73–144; Blue River Invite) and best GPAC qualifier finish (eighth), while becoming the first Bulldog to ever win the Blue River Invite.

With a laser-like mental focus and a golf game still on the rise, Rodehorst appears to be a contender for GPAC medalist honors as he begins the second half of his Concordia career.

“I don’t know if it’s an expectation (to win a GPAC individual title), but it’s something that I’d like to do,” Rodehorst said after the spring. “I’m not going to put any pressure on myself to do it. Just because I played well this spring doesn’t mean anything for the future. Yeah it gives you confidence and momentum, but at the same time it’s still just one shot a time and playing the best you can. After each round I do that, I’ll be happy no matter what.”

Backing Rodehorst is a group that entered last season an inexperienced bunch. Senior Sam DeFreece (84.09 average) and sophomore Sam Simonson (84.69) have the inside track on the second and third slots in the varsity lineup after competing in a combined 24 meets in 2012-13. DeFreece placed 32nd on the GPAC leaderboard, while Simonson tied for 34th.

The rest of the returning top six includes sophomore Brock Colclasure (87.33), junior Sam Mayhall (86.33) and sophomore Garrett Suchanek (87.00). They will be pushed by incoming freshmen such as Court Croghan (Seward, Neb.), Josh Hinrichs (Hastings, Neb.) and Jared Knoepfel (Fremont, Neb.).

“We have the top six on the men’s side coming back and then add some newcomers into that so I expect practices to be very competitive to see who the top five are,” Muller said. “The biggest thing I’m looking for going into the fall season is consistency and we need those guys to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.”

Clearly the Bulldog men are further along than they were at this point a year ago. With one of the conference’s elite golfers to go with a deeper, more experienced group, expectations will be higher this time around.

“I’m pretty excited, pretty optimistic,” Muller said. “Our goal is definitely to finish in the top half of our conference. It’s about getting off to a good start. Last year we kind of dug ourselves too big of a hole at the first two qualifiers with being so young and having a couple tough rounds at the qualifiers, but we played much better second semester. We’ve just got to come out and be ready to play right away.”

The Bulldog women were hit much harder in the offseason with the graduation of Makenzie Deutschman, Chelsea Peck and Madison Phillips. Both Deutschman and Peck garnered all-conference recognition in 2011-12 and were mainstays at the top of the varsity lineup. Says Muller, “All three seniors will definitely be missed.”

In other words, it’s time for juniors Jenelle Hallaert (104.91), Melissa McIntosh (100.58) and Allison Schieffer (109.5) to step up their games. Both Hallaert and McIntosh improved their averages during the second semester and appear primed for better in 2013-14.

“Janelle and Melissa have played every varsity match since they’ve been here so I’m excited to see the strides they’ve made,” Muller said. “Then Ali really came on last year. We also have (sophomore) Gretyl Bremmer, who will be in her second season with us. She played in one match last year and really improved. We have a good core of girls here.”

However, it could be freshman Amy Ahlers, a Boone Central High School product, who emerges as the team’s top golfer on the women’s side. She comes to Concordia with impressive high school credentials.

“I’m excited to see what she can do for us,” Muller said. “She actually medaled all four years of her high school career at state. She’s a three-time team champion. She had a great summer. She tied for third in the Nebraska girl’s amateur tournament, shooting 76-77. She will definitely be someone we expect to come in right away and make a push for all-conference.”

Muller thinks Ahlers, an Albion, Neb., native, can consistently card scores of 80 or lower and hopes that the rest of the varsity lineup falls in line not too far behind.

“Chelsea and Makenzie will be hard to replace,” Muller said. “They were just pretty steady, solid golfers. We just need some other girls to step up. Obviously having Amy probably golfing in our one spot will help. If we can get her around 80 or better that will be great and just have the others be consistent.”

The Rodehorst-led Bulldog men will get the season started at the Siouxland Invite, which begins Thursday and ends on Friday. The women begin Friday at the Morningside Invite.

Freshmen Krueger and Ahlers pace Bulldogs at Morningside Invite 

6 SEP 2014

After losing its top three performers from last season, Concordia women’s golf is experiencing a youth movement at the top of the lineup. Freshmen Kayla Krueger and Amy Ahlers shined in their collegiate debuts on Friday at the Morningside Invite as Concordia carded a team score of 381 and finished in fourth place among the 10-team field.

Krueger, a native of Aberdeen, S.D., and Ahlers, who hails from Albion, Neb., settled in nicely for head coach Brett Muller. Krueger placed in a tie for fifth (out of 77) on the individual leaderboard with an 87 while Ahlers placed 10th with an 89.

“They have definitely separated themselves from the pack,” Muller said. “They have consistently been in the high 30s and low 40s in practice (at Seward Country Club). I’m excited to see them progress. It’s great to see them come in and be ready to go right away.

“They are definitely individuals that can come in and take the program to the next level.”

Juniors Melissa McIntosh (T30 – 97), Allison Schieffer (64 – 108) and Jenelle Hallaert (T73 – 120) rounded out the remainder of the lineup in the team’s season-opening event.

It will be a quick turnaround for Bulldog women’s golf as the team now looks forward to GPAC Qualifier No. 1 on Tuesday in Mitchell, S.D. This will be the first of four conference qualifier competitions throughout the 2013-14 athletic season.

Muller says he will use the same varsity lineup on Tuesday with Krueger and Ahlers again expected to lead the charge.

Young Bulldogs highlight opening week for men's golf 

6 SEP 2014

Concordia head coach Brett Muller inserted three freshmen into his varsity men’s golf lineup and got encouraging results at the two-day Siouxland Invite. As a team, the Bulldogs shot a 312-322–634 to place in tie for ninth out of 17 squads at the Thursday-Friday meet.

The 312 on Thursday marked the best one round score for Bulldog men’s golf in the past two years.

“We’re excited about that,” Muller said. “We also know we have room for improvement. We’re not where we want to be yet.”

Freshman Josh Hinrichs of Hastings, Neb., gave returning all-conference performer Shawn Rodehorst a strong push for the team’s lowest individual score at the meet. Hinrichs actually topped the Bulldogs with a four-over-par 76 on day one, coming in one shot ahead of Rodehorst.

“It was a great individual performance by Josh Hinrichs in his first collegiate meet,” Muller said.

Concordia’s junior star from Kearney, Neb., then delivered a 76 on Friday for a two-day 77-76–153 to tie for 17th among 83 golfers on the individual leaderboard. Hinrichs followed not far behind by carding a 76-83–159, placing him in a tie for 41st.

Rodehorst, who set a school record last season for lowest season average, managed a 77 on day one despite a pair of double bogeys to begin his round and at the start of the back nine.

“He was battling a little bit of a hip injury,” Muller said. “It’s not an excuse he would use though and he would never tell you that it’s bothering him. He’s a competitor and he expects to pick right up where he left off in the spring.”

Jared Knoepfel (T51 – 80-82–162) and Court Croghan (T64 – 85-81–166) joined Hinrichs as the two other freshmen in the varsity lineup. None of the three shot any higher than an 85 on either of the day’s rounds, showing the depth of a program that returned its top six from a year ago.

“With three freshmen playing in our top five and having so many guys back from last year, practices have been very competitive,” Muller said. “We don’t normally take 10 guys to many tournaments, but we wanted to get all of them tournament exposure and see how things go.”

In other words, the promising youngsters will have to continue to play well to remain in the varsity lineup. Muller sees a closely-grouped field from players 3 through 8.

Both sophomore Sam Simonson (85-79–164) and senior Sam DeFreece (89-80–169) put together solid performances at the Siouxland Invite as part of the junior varsity team. They both improved their scores significantly on day two of the event.

Muller hopes the Siouxland Invite provides a springboard for a strong start to conference qualifier play, which will begin on Sept. 19.

“Having three guys in the 70s and our fourth in the 80s is what we’re looking for,” Muller said. “That’s what we need every time out. Ideally, we’ll get four into the 70s.”

Round one was played in Orange City, Iowa, before shifting to Sioux Center, Iowa, for day two. Muller described the conditions as much tougher on Friday, when temperatures climbed above 90 degrees and winds gusted at 15-25 miles per hour.

The Bulldog men are off until Sept. 17 when they tee off at the Doane Invite in Lincoln, Neb.

McIntosh's career best day highlights first GPAC qualifier 

10 SEP 2013

MITCHELL, S.D. – Concordia junior Melissa McIntosh saved a career best performance for Tuesday’s first GPAC women’s golf qualifier round of the 2013-14 season. McIntosh posted a team low score of 87 to pace the Bulldogs at Wild Oak Golf Course in Mitchell, S.D. As a team, Concordia shot a 366, placing seventh among the 11-team field of GPAC participants.

“That was the best we’ve shot in the last few years at a qualifier,” Bulldog head coach Brett Muller said. “Our goal was a 360. To be at 366 was not too far off. Had we played better on our front nine, we would have been right there. I’m pleased with how we did.”

McIntosh’s 87 also represents a better individual score than any Bulldog women’s golfer posted at the four conference qualifier events last season. The departed Chelsea Peck (’13 graduate) carded Concordia’s lowest GPAC rounds last season, twice shooting a 92 on the way to finishing in a tie for 29th individually.

McIntosh’s score is a significant improvement from the 97 she shot at last week’s Morningside Invite. Her previous career low was a 95.

“The difference for her was her putting,” Muller said. “She only had one three-putt, which is fantastic. She really improved her game from last year. She worked hard over the summer and our coaching staff noticed that. It’s nice to see that work pay off with the score she had today.”

While McIntosh’s current tie for 18th-place GPAC standing leads Concordia, the Bulldogs’ pair of standout freshmen fell in line close behind. Amy Ahlers, who hails from Albion, Neb., carded an 89 and Kayla Krueger, a native of Aberdeen, S.D., shot a 92. Ahlers and Krueger sit in 22nd and 30th place, respectively, after Tuesday’s round.

Muller said both showed some nerves on the front nine and then calmed down to complete solid first collegiate conference-qualifying efforts.

Juniors Allison Schieffer (98) and Jenelle Hallaert (118) rounded out the lineup that Muller traveled to Mitchell. Both knocked strokes off their scores from the Morningside Invite as Schieffer improved by 10 strokes and Hallaert lowered her total by two.

As a team, Concordia chopped 15 strokes off its 381 from four days ago. The Bulldogs’ 366 is also a huge decrease from last season’s top qualifier round of 392.

Muller was happy to see all five Bulldog golfers post lower scores on the back nine.

“We didn’t play well on the front nine,” Muller said. “They really bounced back and showed resilience.”

The Bulldog women will return to action for the two-day Nebraska Wesleyan Invite beginning on Sunday in Lincoln. GPAC Qualifier No. 2 will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 2 in Sioux City, Iowa.

“We have two more invites before GPAC No. 2 and we expect to improve progressively,” Muller said.

Ahlers' 87 leads the way on day oen at NWU Invite 

15 SEP 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. - Concordia freshmen Amy Ahlers and Kayla Krueger continued their solid early-season play on day one of two at the Nebraska Wesleyan Fall Invite at Highlands Golf Course in LIncoln, Neb., on Sunday. Ahlers carded an 87 and Krueger followed close behind with an 88.

Ahlers sits 21st on the individual leaderboard while Krueger is tied for 22nd. Those efforts were easily the top-two performances on the day for the Bulldogs, who rest in ninth amongst the 12-team field. Head coach Brett Muller's squad carded a 380 as a team.

Juniors Melissa McIntosh (T55 - 102) and Allison Schieffer (T58 - 103) and sophomore Kristin Remm (T58 - 103) made out the rest of the varsity lineup on Sunday.

Play will continue on Monday at 10 a.m. from Holmes Golf Course in Lincoln.

Ahlers paves way for season best team performance 

16 SEP 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. – Freshman Amy Ahlers capped a stellar effort at the two-day Nebraska Wesleyan Invite by shooting a team best 81 on Monday in Lincoln, Neb. Ahlers finished in a tie for 17th on the individual leaderboard for a Bulldog squad that set a new season low with a 359 on Monday’s round two. As a team, Concordia placed ninth amongst the field of 12 squads at the invite with a two-day total of 380-359–739.

“We have a very young team and we know there will be some bumps,” Bulldog head coach Brett Muller said. “But I’m very pleased overall with today’s round. I know it was a different course today, but to improve by 21 strokes over yesterday’s score is great.”

Junior Melissa McIntosh made the biggest improvement from day one to day two. After carding a 102 on Sunday, the Lincoln native slashed 12 strokes off her score by shooting a 90 on Monday at Holmes Golf Course. That allowed McIntosh to move up into a tie for 49th overall.

Freshman Kayla Krueger carded a 93 on Monday on the heels of an 88 on Sunday. Her two-round 181 placed her second on the team and tied for 32nd among the 69 individuals who qualified for the leaderboard.

Sophomore Kristin Remm (55th – 103-95–198) and junior Allison Schieffer (61st – 103-102–205) held down the Nos. 4 and 5 spots in the varsity lineup at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite. In all, four of the five Concordia competitors improved their scores on day two of the event.

Through four rounds of golf, Ahlers has been incredibly consistent, shooting scores of 89, 89, 87 and 81. Her average of 86.5 leads Concordia and is nearly two strokes better than the Bulldogs’ lowest average during the 2012-13 season. Krueger is not far behind with scores of 92, 87, 88, 93, for a 90.0 average.

“Amy showed how good she can be,” Muller said. “She has given us what we expected when we recruited her. She has a very good short game. She’s spent a lot of time on it. The putts dropped for her today. She had two birdies on par 5’s on her back nine.”

The meet marked the first varsity experience for Remm, a native of Doniphan, Neb. She will continue to battle junior Jenelle Hallaert, among others, for the final spot in the lineup. Those positions are determined by play offs at practice.

Bulldog women’s golf will be off until Sept. 23-24 when it takes part in the NAIA National Championships Preview meet at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln. The Bulldog men will hit the links on Tuesday at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln for the Doane Invite.

Bulldog varsity claims third place at Doane Invite 

17 SEP 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. – Junior Shawn Rodehorst and freshman Josh Hinrichs both carded 78’s as Concordia men’s golf placed third among the field of 12 teams at Tuesday’s Doane Invite. As a team, the Bulldogs shot a 323 on the familiar course at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln, Neb.

“Wilderness Ridge is one of the toughest courses we play all year,” Concordia head coach Brett Muller said. “Then add the elements we had today. Today the course played as long as it possibly could. With the pre-round showers the guys got little or no roll in the fairway and rough. Shawn, Josh and Garrett (Suchanek) all broke 80 and each picked up an individual medal. I’m real pleased with where our second group finished score-wise.”

Rodehorst and Hinrichs tied for fourth on the individual leaderboard that included 65 golfers. Sophomore Sam Simonson (T18 – 83), freshman Jared Knoepfel (T22 – 84) and sophomore Brock Colclasure (T47 – 90) made up the rest of the varsity lineup on Tuesday.

Through three rounds this season, Rodehorst has posted scores of 77, 76 and 78 for a 77.0 average. Hinrichs, a native of Hastings, Neb., is second on the team to Rodehorst with an average of 79.0 after carding scores of 76, 83 and 78.

Muller also brought a ‘B’ team to the Doane Invite. The group of Suchanek (T7 – 79), Court Croghan (T18 – 83), Sam DeFreece (T25 – 85), Sam Mayhall (T29 – 86) and Paul Rempfer (57th – 90) combined on a team score of 333 and placed fifth.

The Bulldog ‘B’ team finished only 10 strokes off the pace set by the ‘A’ team, showing Concordia’s depth up and down the roster. Muller expects the competition for varsity spots to continue to be fierce.

Tuesday’s meet served as a tune up for the most important competition to date, which will take place Thursday when the Bulldogs enter conference qualifier action. GPAC Qualifier No. 1 will be held in Sioux City, Iowa. Muller looks for his team to move up the conference standings after finishing 10th last season.

Hinrichs cards 75 as Bulldogs shoot 317

19 SEP 2013

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Freshman Josh Hinrichs appears primed to rival junior Shawn Rodehorst for the title of Concordia’s top golfer this season. On Thursday Hinrichs’ three-over-par 75 ranked best among the Bulldogs’ quintet at GPAC Qualifier No. 1 at Green Valley Golf Course in Sioux City, Iowa. Rodehorst backed Hinrichs with a 78 to lead Concordia to a team score of 317, tying it for ninth place on the day.

The 317 team score comes in lower than any of the Bulldogs’ four rounds at last season’s GPAC qualifiers when Muller’s squad finished 10th in the conference. Rodehorst was the only Bulldog to place in the top 30 on the individual leaderboard in 2012-13. After one qualifier meet this season, Concordia has both Hinrichs (T-10th) and Rodehorst (T-24th) listed among the top 25 individuals.

The rest of the Bulldogs’ lineup on Thursday included sophomore Sam Simonson (T36 – 81), freshman Jared Knoepfel (T47 – 83) and sophomore Garrett Suchanek (53rd – 87). Suchanek moved up into Concordia’s group of five by shooting a 79 at the Doane Invite on Tuesday in Lincoln, Neb.

Rodehorst and Hinrichs are neck and neck for the top season average on the team. Rodehorst, a Kearney, Neb., native holds a 77.25 average after the first four rounds of the fall. Hinrichs lowered his season average to 78.0 after Thursday’s stellar round. Rodehorst broke the school single-season record last year by averaging 75.15 in 13 rounds.

Simonson, a native of Saint Libory, Neb., posted a career best score at a qualifier meet. Last year he finished in a tie for 34th place with scores of 87, 89, 88 and 84 at the four qualifier meets.

The second of four conference qualifier events (and final one of the fall) will be held Oct. 14 at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln, Neb. Two more GPAC qualifiers will take place during the spring season.

Midland, which shot a 299 on Thursday, holds a two-stroke advantage over Nebraska Wesleyan and Northwestern at the top of the GPAC standings.

The 65 golfers who navigated Green Valley experienced cool conditions and periods of rain on Thursday.

Bulldog men’s golf will now go 19 days before their next meet. Concordia will take part in the Morningside Invite on Oct. 8 when it returns to Sioux City.

Freshmen again top Bulldogs on day one at NAIA Preview 

23 SEP 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. – For the third-straight round of Bulldog women’s golf, freshman Amy Ahlers carded the team’s lowest score. On a particularly windy day one of the NAIA National Championships Preview meet on Monday, Ahlers shot an 86 (14-over-par), coming in just under her season average of 86.5 entering play. As a team, the Bulldogs sit in a tie for 13th place among 18 teams in the field with a score of 388.

“Just like we talked about last week on the men’s side, this is one of the tougher courses we play at all year,” Concordia head coach Brett Muller said. “And we definitely let the (windy) conditions affect us more than they should have. We need Kayla (Krueger) and Melissa (McIntosh) to be right around 90 and hopefully have the other two in the 90s or right around 100.”

However, Concordia’s runner-up to Ahlers trailed behind by 12 strokes on the difficult course at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb. Fellow freshman Kayla Krueger turned in a 98 after averaging an even 90.0 through her first four collegiate rounds. Krueger carded three-consecutive pars on holes 12 through 14, but she hit a rough patch with double bogeys each on 16 and 17 and completed the round tied for 63rd on the individual leaderboard.

Ahlers performed most consistently with seven pars on the day. She also had nine bogeys and two double bogeys as part of a solid overall day. She is tied for 21st place, nine strokes off the leader – Nicole McDonald of Grand View (Iowa).

“She actually hit the ball a lot better than her score indicated,” Muller said of Ahlers. “She struggled around the greens and that was something that really frustrated her. Her short game is normally a strength. I am pretty sure she’ll come back and be one that improves the next day.”

McIntosh (T-66th – 100), sophomore Kristen Remm (T-75th – 104) and junior Allison Schieffer (89th – 120) filled out the rest of Muller’s lineup on Monday. Muller noted that McIntosh was the only one of the Bulldog quintet who had previously played at Wilderness Ridge.

“We’ve got a lot of optimism going back tomorrow,” Muller said. “Talking to the team on the way back, they all feel like they can improve and move up. If they can each improve about 10 spots we’ll have a chance to pass some teams and finish in the top nine.”

Action at the NAIA National Preview meet at Wilderness Ridge continues on Tuesday with round two beginning at 9 a.m.

Ahlers places 20th at NAIA National Preview meet 

24 SEP 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. – Concordia freshman golfer Amy Ahlers improved by one stroke and one placement as the second and final day of the NAIA National Preview meet held at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb., came to a conclusion. Ahlers’ 20th-place individual finish highlighted the meet for a Bulldog squad that placed 13th out 18 teams at the 36-hole tournament.

Concordia finished with a two-day total of 388-381–769, meaning the team improved its Monday round by seven strokes on the challenging Wilderness Ridge course. The Bulldogs’ turned in the 12th lowest round among the participants on Tuesday.

Ahlers carded an 86-85–171 for the tournament. The Albion, Neb., native posted two birdies, six pars, five bogeys and five double bogeys on Tuesday. She came through with four-consecutive pars on holes 9 through 12. She birdied Nos. 1 and 16. Her team-leading average sits at 86.17 through six rounds of action this fall.

“I thought Amy played very well,” Concordia head coach Brett Muller said. “She hit the ball very well again today. She easily could have been in the 70s, but she still had a good score. To finish 20th place is a great finish in this tournament. This was as stiff of competition as we’ll play against all year.”

Freshman Kayla Krueger of Aberdeen, S.D., came in next with a 98-94–192 to place in a tie for 56th. She recorded four pars, seven bogeys and seven double bogeys on the day.

Concordia’s 3 through 5 spots were held down by junior Melissa McIntosh (64th – 100-95–195), sophomore Kristen Remm (83rd – 104-107–211) and Allison Schieffer (88th – 120-107–227). Schieffer improved the most of any Bulldog between the two days, knocking 13 strokes off of her Monday total.

Through six rounds, Concordia women’s golf has put up scores of 381, 366, 380, 359, 388 and 381 for an average of 375.83.

Bulldog women’s golf will finish up the fall season with GPAC Qualifier No. 2 in Sioux City, Iowa, on Wednesday, Oct. 2. As a team, Concordia sits in seventh place in the conference after shooting a 366 at the first qualifier meet. McIntosh is the Bulldogs’ highest ranking individual. She is tied for 18th with her first-round 87.

“At the beginning of the year we talked about averaging a team score of 360 at the four qualifiers,” Muller said. “That would put us at fifth or sixth. Right now we’re at seventh and we can definitely pass some teams in the GPAC.”

Whispering Creek Golf Club in Sioux City will serve as the venue for next week’s qualifier event. It’s the same course where the Bulldogs played at on Sept. 6 for the Morningside Invite. Krueger tied for fifth at the meet with an 87.

GPAC Qualifiers Nos. 3 and 4 will take place in the spring.

Ahlers closes fall season as Bulldogs leader in GPAC action 

2 OCT 2013

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Freshman Amy Ahlers concluded the fall season in style, posting her lowest career round and tying for the top individual score at Wednesday’s meet. The Albion, Neb., native shot an 80 to lead Concordia at GPAC Qualifier No. 2. As a team the Bulldogs sit in fifth place in the GPAC standings after shooting 366-374–740 at the first two conference rounds.

Ahlers chopped nine strokes off of her score from GPAC Qualifier No. 1 held on Sept. 10 in Mitchell, S.D. She moved up from 22nd place after round one into a tie for eighth place at the end of round two. She equaled the 80 of Dakota Wesleyan’s Lauren Fitts for first-place on Wednesday.

“Amy played very well,” Concordia head coach Brett Muller said. “She got off to a great start. She birdied her first hole and got off on the right foot. We actually started on the back nine which is the toughest part of the course so for her to shoot a 39 on the back nine is fantastic.”

In addition, freshman Kayla Krueger also shot a career low on Wednesday, turning in an 84. The native of Alberdeen, S.D., moved up to 17th place on the individual conference leaderboard. She shot a 92 in the first qualifier round. Her previous season best was an 87 in the season’s first meet on Sept. 6.

Ahlers and Krueger have emerged as the team’s standouts through seven rounds this season.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” Muller said. “The two freshmen really showed how good they can be and have helped us improve on the team side. With this being our last tournament of the fall, it gives us momentum going into the spring.”

The rest of Muller’s lineup included sophomore Kristen Remm (104), and juniors Allison Schieffer (108) and Melissa McIntosh (110). McIntosh was unable to duplicate her 87 from the first GPAC qualifier. She still ranks third among Concordia’s GPAC participants overall, currently holding down 37th place.

Concordia had one change in the lineup compared to the first qualifier as Remm replaced junior Jenelle Hallaert, who carded a 118 a GPAC Qualifier No. 1.

Wednesday’s round was interrupted early in the evening by a 45-minute lightning delay at Whispering Creek Golf Course, the same course the Bulldogs played at back on Sept. 6.

The Bulldogs’ fifth-place standing is a significant improvement from their 11th-place finish in 2012-13.

Here are the final fall averages of all six Bulldog golfers who competed in at least one varsity meet:

  • Ahlers – 85.29 (7 rounds; season low: 80)
  • Krueger – 90.86 (7 rounds; season low: 84)
  • McIntosh – 97.29 (7 rounds; season low: 87)
  • Remm – 102.60 (5 rounds; season low: 95)
  • Schieffer – 106.57 (7 rounds; season low: 98)
  • Hallaert – 119.0 (2 rounds; season low: 118)
  • TEAM – 375.57 (7 rounds; season low: 359)

The Bulldog women have completed the 2013 fall season. They will resume play this coming spring when two more GPAC qualifier events will take place. On the men’s side, GPAC Qualifier No. 2 will be held on Monday, Oct. 14.

Bulldogs place third at Morningside Invite 

8 OCT 2013

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Windy conditions made play difficult for the field of more than 80 golfers at Tuesday’s Morningside Fall Invitational at Whispering Creek Golf Club in Sioux City, Iowa. Despite the strong wind gusts, junior standout Shawn Rodehorst shot a team best five-over-par 76 to lead Concordia to a third-place finish with a team score of 333.

“It was a very windy and blustery day on the course,” Bulldog head coach Brett Muller said. “It was not fun to play golf in. I’m proud of how our guys grinded it out.”

Rodehorst, a native of Kearney, Neb., continues to fight through hip problems that cause him to adjust his approach even from swing-to-swing. On Tuesday he looked closer to the form he showed this past spring when he turned in a sparkling 71.8 average over five rounds. His 76 put him in fifth place on the individual leaderboard.

“Shawn played very well again,” Muller said. “He shot a 76 and could have been much better. He was two-over-par going into the last two holes and played three-over-par on the last two. But he still played a very good round.”

Freshman Josh Hinrichs (Hastings, Neb.) followed Rodehorst with an 80, coming in just above his season average of 78.5 entering the Morningside Invite. Hinrichs tied for 12th place.

“Josh probably hit the ball as well as he has all year,” Muller said. “He had a couple bad breaks and struggled with his putting.”

The rest of the varsity lineup included freshmen Court Croghan (T42nd – 88) and Jared Knoepfel (T48th – 89) and sophomore Sam Simonson (T64th – 94).

Concordia also brought another group of five, which was led by sophomore Brock Colclasure’s 83 – good enough to place him in a tie for 21st. That score was four strokes off of the Central City, Neb., native’s season best of 79 in the season’s first meet. In addition, senior Sam DeFreece turned in a solid 86 for the second Bulldog quintet.

Rodehorst lowered his season average to a team low 77.0 after the first five fall rounds. Hinrichs comes in next with a 78.4 average.

The Bulldogs will get right back to action on Friday for day one of two of the Nebraska Intercollegiate Tournament in Norfolk, Neb. The field will include NCAA Division II nationally-ranked University of Nebraska-Kearney as part of a loaded field that includes several teams that Concordia does not typically compete against.

The fall season will end on Monday, Oct. 14 with GPAC Qualifier No. 2 in Lincoln, Neb.

Ahlers garners GPAC Golfer of the Week accolades 

9 OCT 2013

SEWARD, Neb. – A strong performance at the Oct. 2 GPAC qualifier meet has netted Concordia freshman Amy Ahlers recognition as one of two GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Golfers of the Week, as announced by the league on Wednesday. It’s the first such honor in the career of the Albion, Neb., native.

Ahlers earns Golfer of the Week thanks to the 80 she shot last week at GPAC Qualifier No. 2 at Whispering Creek Golf Club in Sioux City, Iowa.  That score tied Dakota Wesleyan’s Lauren Fitts for the top round on the day. Ahlers, a product of Boone Central High School, is currently tied for eighth on the GPAC leaderboard with her two-round total of 89-80–169.

At the conclusion of seven fall rounds, Ahlers’ 85.29 average tops Concordia. Her 80 last week set a new career low, topping her previous best score of 81, which she carded on day two of the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite on Sept. 16.

Ahlers and the Concordia women’s golf team will return to the course in the spring when the final two GPAC qualifying tournaments are held.

A trio of Bulldogs lead the way on day one at Nebraska Intercollegiate

11 OCT 2013

NORFOLK, Neb. – Bulldog men’s golf continued a busy week of action with day one of the Nebraska Intercollegiate Meet on Friday. Concordia sits in seventh place out of the nine-team field after shooting a team score of 324. The meet will conclude with round two on Saturday when the action picks up at 9 a.m.

Freshman Josh Hinrichs and sophomore Sam Simonson tied at the top of the Concordia lineup as both carded 79s – placing them 18th on the individual leaderboard. The rest of the varsity quintet included freshman Jared Knoepfel (T-31st – 82), junior Shawn Rodehorst (T-39th – 84) and sophomore Brock Colclasure (T43rd – 86).

Bulldog junior Sam Mayhall, golfing as an individual at the tournament, also shot a 79 to equal Hinrichs and Simonson. In addition, sophomore Garrett Suchanek notched an 85 to complete Concordia’s representation at the meet.

The field of teams includes current frontrunners in the University of Nebraska-Kearney (1st – 289), Midland (2nd – 302) and Hastings (3rd – 307) among other Nebraska institutions.

Following Saturday’s round at the Nebraska Intercollegiate, the Bulldogs will conclude the fall season on Monday at GPAC Qualifier No. 2 in Lincoln, Neb.  Concordia is tied for ninth in the conference after shooting a 317 at the first qualifier. Individually, Hinrichs sits in a tie for 10th with his first-round 75. Rodehorst shot a 78 to tie for 24th.

Hinrichs closes Nebraska Intercollegiate with ninth-place finish

12 OCT 2013

NORFOLK, Neb. – Freshman Josh Hinrichs enjoyed a round two better than all but four golfers on day two amongst a strong field at the Nebraska Intercollegiate Meet on Saturday. Hinrichs rose up to No. 9 on the individual leaderboard thanks to a career best performance on the final day of the event. As a team, head coach Brett Muller’s squad finished seventh out of nine teams with a two-day total of 324-322–646.

Hinrichs, a native of Hastings, Neb., shot a 74 on Saturday after carding a 79 the day before. He finished with a two-round 153 to top all Bulldog participants.

“Josh played a great round of golf today,” Muller said. “All day he was very solid from tee to green. For Josh to shot a two-day total of 153 was fantastic. Hopefully he can carry this momentum into Monday’s GPAC qualifier and end the fall season on a high note.”

Junior Shawn Rodehorst shot an 80 on Saturday – four strokes better than his total on Friday and finished tied for 30th. The Kearney, Neb., native totaled a 164 for the tournament.

Freshman Jared Knoepfel (T-34th – 82-83–165) and sophomores Sam Simonson (T-37th – 79-88–167) and Brock Colclasure (T-43rd – 86-85–171) made up the rest of the varsity lineup at the meet.

Junior Sam Mayhall (T-34th – 79-86–165) and sophomore Garrett Suchanek (T-41st – 85-85–170) represented Concordia as individuals as the Nebraska Intercollegiate Meet.

Bulldog golf will conclude the fall season with Monday’s GPAC Qualifier No. 2 at Firethorn Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb. Concordia is currently tied for ninth in the conference standings after shooting a team score of 317 at the first qualifier. Hinrichs is the Bulldogs’ highest ranking individual. He carded a 75 at GPAC Qualifier No. 1, tying himself for 10th.

“Going into Monday we have an opportunity to climb in the standings,” Muller said. “Firethorn is a very tough golf course. If we can shoot 315 or better we will be in good shape.”

Knoepfel vaults up GPAC leaderboard as fall aseason ends 

14 OCT 2013

SEWARD, Neb. – Bulldog freshman Jared Knoepfel battled miserable conditions on Monday and still managed to turn in a 78 at GPAC Qualifier No. 2 held at Firethorn Country Club in Lincoln, Neb. As a team, Concordia shot a 345 to place ninth among the 11 GPAC squads on the day. After two rounds of qualifiers, the Bulldogs are ninth with their total of 317-345–662.

“I try to prepare the team for every situation they will experience in a tournament, however today’s conditions couldn’t be simulated,” Concordia head coach Brett Muller said. “We played through the rain, the wind and the cold today. Today was the toughest conditions these guys of experienced in their golfing careers.”

Knoepfel soared all the way into a tie for 15th on the GPAC leaderboard through 36 holes of qualifier action. His 78 on Monday tied for fifth on the day and came on the heels of a solid 83 at GPAC Qualifier No. 1 on Sept. 19.

Even in ideal conditions, Knoepfel’s Monday round would have looked impressive.

“Jared played an absolutely amazing round of golf today,” Muller said. “He started the day five over par after his first four holes, then played his last 14 holes at two over par. Jared has been working on not letting a bad hole effect more than just one hole. He proved how important that is today. A 78 at Firethorn on any day is a good score. To do it today in today’s conditions is fantastic.”

 

Junior Shawn Rodehorst, a Kearney, Neb., native, came in next with an 86 at GPAC Qualifier No. 2. Rodehorst, who earned all-conference honors last season, sits in 27th with his two-round 78-86–164. Last season Rodehorst finished eighth in the GPAC.

Freshman Josh Hinrichs struggled with an uncharacteristically high 93 on Monday’s round. He dropped into a tie for 34th with his 75-93–168.

Sophomore Sam Simonson is the only other Bulldog who has golfed in both qualifying meets. He shot a 99 on Monday after shooting an 81 in the first qualifier. He is tied for 43rd.

Senior Sam DeFreece, who did not participate in GPAC Qualifier No. 1, carded the team’s third best score on Monday with an 88. That total tied him for 36th on the day.

The Bulldogs will return to action in the spring with two more GPAC qualifiers. The rest of the spring schedule is to be announced.

FEATURE: Ahlers closes fall season in impressive fashion 

7 NOV 2013

By Jake Knabel, Sports Information Director

It didn’t matter that Concordia freshman Amy Ahlers had just completed her first career collegiate golf meet. For the native of Albion, Neb., an 89 just would not fly.

“I was really disappointed. I’m not going to lie,” Ahlers said. “At the beginning it was so frustrating because during the summer I played so well. I was really hoping I could come into college playing that way. It happens and it’s just the game of golf.”

Ahlers, who led Boone Central High School to three team state championships, expects near perfection every time she hits the course. That’s why her scores of 89, 89 and 87 in her first three meets as a Bulldog felt perplexing. The game had typically come naturally for the former Nebraska Class C all-stater, who had gotten used to success.

“At first it was just a lot of change,” said Ahlers of the adjustment that comes with being a collegiate student-athlete. “It was frustrating because my golf game wasn’t there anymore and I didn’t know where to find it. My timing was off and nothing seemed to be working, but as I started adjusting it got better and it came back slowly.”

Things clicked on Oct. 2 when head coach Brett Muller’s women’s team competed for the final time this fall. Ahlers birdied her first hole to set the tone for her best collegiate performance to date. She ended up carding an 80, placing her in a tie for first on the individual leaderboard at the second GPAC qualifier meet.

Though she finished the fall season with an average of 85.29 in seven rounds, her final outing provided a clearer picture of what Ahlers appears capable of. After placing third over the summer at the Nebraska Girl’s Amateur Championship, expectations grew even larger.

Muller thinks Ahlers may have placed too much pressure upon herself.

“Amy started off the first few tournaments with scores a little bit higher than both her and I expected,” Muller said. “I think a lot of this has to do with how hard she worked this summer. She really wanted to prove how good she could be. That last couple of tournaments she just relaxed and had fun again.”

That effort lifted Ahlers’ spirits and put her in prime position to collect all-conference honors. She sits eighth in the conference after two GPAC meets with two more to come in the spring (top 10 receive all-conference recognition). She vaulted all the way from 22nd after GPAC Qualifier No. 1 into the top 10 to close the fall.

“It felt really good. I had no idea,” Ahlers said of the Oct. 2 finish. “I didn’t think it was going to happen. I kind of messed up the last hole. I should have come in in the 70s and I wanted that really bad, but I was really excited with it overall. I’m excited that things kind of started turning around.”

That date could be looked back one day as a turning point in her collegiate career – the time where she triumphed over adversity and regained the form that made her such a prized recruit coming out of Boone Central.

The turnaround hardly came as a surprise for Muller, who knew one of the reasons for her high school success was her ability to put behind a negative outcome.

Kick her to the ground? She’ll get right back up. A double bogey? She’ll birdie the next hole.

“The biggest strength to Amy’s game is her mental toughness,” Muller said. “She always wants the team to do well. She knows for the team to do well we need her focused on every shot. She refuses to let a bad shot or bad hole affect her entire round.”

Those qualities were evident as Muller watched Ahlers soar to great heights on the Nebraska prep scene. Naturally, there was plenty of competition for the highly-sought after star.

GPAC women’s golf heavyweight Dakota Wesleyan came hard after her. It would come down to the Tigers and the Bulldogs. Ahlers admitted the choice was not easy.

“It was a really tough decision,” Ahlers said. “I’m not good at making decisions anyway. It was not easy. I looked at Dakota Wesleyan really hard. I ended up choosing where I felt like I fit in best and what program would fit me. I’m really happy with my decision and I don’t regret anything.”

Ahlers credits her parents, Terry and Nancy, for her growth in the sport of golf. She says their patience and encouragement to attend a golf camp in South Carolina after eighth grade made a big difference.

Off the course, Ahlers has bonded with her mother through similar hobbies. Ahlers has cataloged her golf success through scrapbooking – something she and Nancy often do together.

“As I was growing up, my mom and I always spent a lot of time in our craft room together,” Ahlers said. “It was always so much fun. Through my high school years I had a lot of golf articles from newspapers and stuff so I would cut those out and scrapbook those to make sure I could keep all those memories.”

If Ahlers’ latest outing is any indication, she will need to make plenty more room in the scrapbook. The best is surely yet to come for the elementary education major with a passion for working with kids.

“I expect Amy to continue to move up in the GPAC standings,” Muller said. “She is better than her fall average. I believe Amy’s best golf is ahead of her. Don’t be surprised to see some scores in the 70s from her (this spring).”

The right mental approach might be all Ahlers needs to make that happen.

“I think I just have to go out and play my game and be confident in what I know I can do,” Ahlers said. “I think I can do it by not worrying about what everyone else is doing and not trying to compete with them and just playing my own game. I think I’ll be all right.”

Golf programs set to move home course to HIghlands 

7 FEB 2014

SEWARD, Neb. – Director of Athletics Devin Smith and third-year head golf coach Brett Muller are excited to announce that the Concordia University golf programs have found a new home. Beginning this spring, Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln will serve as the home course for both the men’s and women’s Bulldog golf teams.

Highlands, located on 5501 NW 12th Street – about a 25-minute drive from the Concordia campus, provides many advantages. The course includes a complete 18 holes and offers an impressive practice facility. The new home will also allow Concordia to be part of the rotation to host future GPAC qualifier meets.

“This venue change assists us with fostering a first class student-athlete experience for our Bulldog golf teams,” Smith said. “It also positions our programs for future competitive greatness.”

Added Muller, “Our program is extremely excited about this development and thankful for the partnership with Highlands Golf Course. This move takes our program to another level and gives us a top-notch course for practice. We’re also very excited to now be part of the GPAC qualifier rotation and for the opportunity to host meets. In addition, I’m confident that the use of Highlands will be a boost to recruiting.”

Concordia has previously used Seward Country Club, a nine-hole course, for practice purposes. Seward Country Club also played host to portions of the Blue River Invite in past seasons.

More details on Highlands Golf Course (viahttp://highlandsgolfcourse.net/)
Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln, Nebraska, is an 18-hole, championship, public golf course designed in 1993 by Jeff Brauer. The course has matured beautifully and offers sweeping, rolling terrain that makes the course a pleasure to play. Varying wind conditions can offer a great challenge to the golfers.

The course stretches out to over 7,000 yards from the gold markers with a total of four different tees to choose from (White; 5,280 yrds, Blue; 6,022 yrds, Black; 6,523 yrds). The links style course is designed to offer a fair but challenging test for all playing abilities. The course is always in good playing condition. Highlands also has one of the best practice facilities in the Midwest and a pro shop that is well stocked with name brand golf equipment and apparel.

Golf begins spring season Saturday at Bethel Invite 

28 MAR 2014

SEWARD, Neb. – Head coach Brett Muller’s men’s golf squad resumes the 2013-14 season this weekend at the Bethel College Invite. The meet will play out over two days with Saturday’s round taking place at Hesston Golf Park in Hesston, Kan., before action shifts to Sand Creek Station in Newton, Kan., on Sunday. Shotgun starts both days will see the Bulldogs begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.

The women’s team will open the spring season on Tuesday, April 8 at the Midland Invite held at the Fremont Golf Club.

Following two fall GPAC qualifiers, the Concordia men rest in ninth place (317-345–662) while the women are fifth (366-374–740). The men are 11 strokes better than they were this time a year ago. The women have made a 67-stroke improvement over their standing at the end of the 2012 fall season.

Junior Shawn Rodehorst, who battled a nagging hip injury in the fall, led the Concordia men with a fall average of 79.38 in eight rounds. The native of Kearney, Neb., is more than capable of lowering his average. As a sophomore Rodehorst broke the school record with a mean score of 75.15. The 2012-13 all-conference performer currently sits 27th in the GPAC (78-86–164) after two qualifiers.

Freshman Jared Knoepfel put together a solid fall season and is the highest rated Bulldog in the GPAC standings. Knoepfel carries a GPAC qualifier score of 83-78–161 (tied for 15th) into the spring. Knoepfel averaged 82.63 over eight fall rounds.

Muller’s men’s squad lost freshman Josh Hinrichs (79.75) who left at semester, but Concordia has a deep team equipped to handle the departure. Freshman Court Croghan (84.25, four rounds), sophomore Brock Colclasure (84.63, six rounds), junior Sam Mayhall (85.0, six rounds), senior Sam DeFreece (85.60, five rounds), sophomore Sam Simonson (86.0, eight rounds) and sophomore Garrett Suchanek (86.14, seven rounds) give Muller plenty of options when filling out his varsity lineup.

The Bulldog women have received a huge boost this season from the dynamic freshman duo of Amy Ahlers (85.29, seven rounds) and Kayla Krueger (90.86, seven rounds). Ahlers, a native of Albion, Neb., stands a great shot to earn all-conference honors. She enters the fall in a tie for eighth place on the GPAC leaderboard after shooting 89-80–169 at the first two qualifiers.

Krueger is within striking distance of a top 10 GPAC placement required for all-conference recognition. The Aberdeen, S.D., native is in 17th place with her 92-84–176. Her 84 at GPAC Qualifier No. 2 stands as her season best.

The rest of the varsity lineup will be made up of a combination of juniors Melissa McIntosh (97.29, seven rounds), Allison Schieffer (106.57, seven rounds) and Jenelle Hallaert (119.0, two rounds) and sophomore Kristen Remm (102.60, five rounds).

In preparation for the spring, the Bulldogs have practiced on their new home turf – Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln. For more information on the course, click HERE.

To view the schedule for the spring golf season, clickHERE.

Rodehorst, Knoepfel shoot 80s on day 1 of Bethel Invite 

29 MAR 2014

HESSTON, Kan. – The spring season opened up on Saturday afternoon for the Concordia University men’s golf team, which shot a 325 and sits 16th out of 19 squads after day one of two at the Bethel College Invite. The meet will resume on Sunday at Sand Creek Station in Newton, Kan.

All five Concordia competitors shot 86 or lower, but head coach Brett Muller believes his team will get better results on Sunday.

“We are all disappointed with our scores from today,” Muller said. “For the most part I thought we hit the ball decent, we just didn’t score well. As a team we didn’t putt well. We know what we will be working on in practice next week.

“Tomorrow we play a longer and tougher golf course. With the predicted high winds, the scores we shot will move us up in the standings.”

Junior Shawn Rodehorst, who averaged 79.38 over eight fall rounds, tied freshman Jared Knoepfel for a team low by shooting an 80 on Saturday. That total puts the pair in a tie for 59th among the field of just over 100 golfers at the event.

Sophomore Sam Simonson (81), senior Sam DeFreece (84) and sophomore Garrett Suchanek (86) also navigated the Hesston Golf Park par-71 course.

The large field of Bethel Invite teams includes GPAC members Dakota Wesleyan (fifth place), Doane (sixth place), Hastings (sixth place) and Briar Cliff (eighth place).

The Bulldogs will hit the links at 9 a.m. from Sand Creek as part of a shotgun start on Sunday.

Windy conditions lead to high scores at Bethel Invite 

30 MAR 2014

NEWTON, Kan. – On a blustery day two of the Bethel College Invite, the Concordia University men’s golf team regressed by 42 strokes compared to its day 1 total. However, it was still good enough for the Bulldogs to move up two places to 14th out of the 19 teams at the 36-hole event. The tournament was the first of the spring season for Concordia, which carded a 325-367–692.

Individually, junior standout Shawn Rodehorst came up with the Bulldogs’ highest finish. He tied for 46th among the 105 golfers with his two-day 80-89–169. Rodehorst’s 89 was symptomatic of the brutal conditions, including wind gusts of over 40 miles per hour, that prevented all but three golfers to shoot below 80 on Sunday.

Three other Bulldogs competed on both days of the Bethel Invite. Freshman Jared Knoepfel (T-53rd, 80-91–171) and sophomores Sam Simonson (T-70th, 81-95–176) and Garrett Suchanek (T-73rd, 86-92–178) filled out the lineup for head coach Brett Muller.

A total of five GPAC schools were represented at the Bethel Invite.

The Concordia men will return to action April 11-12 when the Doane Invite is held. The first round will take place at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln before shifting to College Heights Golf Course in Crete the following day.

Women's golf places fifth in opening meet of spring season 

8 APR 2014

FREMONT, Neb. – Freshman Amy Ahlers paced the Concordia University women’s golf team on Tuesday as it teed off for the first time this spring. As a team, the Bulldogs placed fifth out of 10 at the Midland University Spring Invite, held at Fremont Golf Club.

Concordia ended up with a team score of 390 on the par 73 course that totaled a distance of 5,847 yards.

“I am not disappointed with where we finished as a team,” head coach Brett Muller said. “I know in two weeks when we return for GPAC Qualifier No. 3 we will expect to shoot much better. Overall, I thought we hit the ball OK. Our short game needs to improve.”

Ahlers, a native of Albion, Neb., came in just under her fall average of 85.29 as she shot an 85. Her consistent 43 on the front nine and 42 on the back nine allowed her to place in a tie for fifth amongst the field over more than 70 golfers.

The rest of the Concordia lineup included sophomore Kristin Remm (97 – T-24th), freshman Kayla Krueger (100 – T-37th) and juniors Allison Schieffer (108 – T-51st) and Melissa McIntosh (109 – 54th).

The Midland Invite was made up entirely of GPAC teams. Dakota Wesleyan carded a 335 to win the tournament.

Concordia women’s golf will be in action again April 14-15 when the two-day Nebraska Wesleyan Spring Invite takes place in Lincoln, Neb. The first round will be held at Holmes Golf Course before shifting to Pioneers Golf Course for day two.

Three Bulldogs shoot in the 70s on day one of Doane Invite 

11 APR 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. – Virtually ideal conditions greeted the field on day one of the Doane Invite held at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday. Concordia junior Shawn Rodehorst led the way for the Bulldogs by carding a 76 (par 71, 6,518 yards), tying a season low. As a squad, Rodehorst and the ‘A’ team shot a collective 317 (fourth place out of seven).

“It was nice to see three shoot in the 70s and have Shawn back to a glimpse of what he’s capable of,” head coach Brett Muller said. “He shot a lower score on his back nine and Jared (Knoepfel) continued to have a nice freshman campaign. He’s been a solid 2 guy.”

Knoepfel followed Rodehorst with a 77. Like Rodehorst, Knoepfel improved on the back nine, shooting a 37 after carding a 40 on the front nine. Both Rodehorst (T-8th) and Knoepfel (10th) sit in the top 10 after Friday’s round.

The rest of the first Bulldog grouping was rounded out by senior Sam DeFreece (79), sophomore Sam Simonson (85) and freshman Court Croghan (87). DeFreece is tied for 12th on the individual leaderboard.

The Bulldog ‘B’ team included sophomore Garrett Suchanek (81), freshman Matt Lehenbauer (89), junior Sam Mayhall (91), freshman Grant Worthington (94) and senior Cody Lehmann (97). The top four on the B group combined for a score of 355.

“Garrett hit the ball well today,” Muller said. “He was consistent. He didn’t putt as well as he would have liked but it’s hard to complain with an 81 at Wilderness Ridge.”

Rodehorst, a native of Kearney, Neb., continues to make adjustments due to pain in his hip. Says Muller of Rodehorst, “he’s altered his swing and he’s trying to play with a little pain. He’s not carry a driver because of it.”

The Doane Invite continues on Saturday with 18 more holes. The final round will be contested at College Heights Golf Course in Crete, Neb. As Muller notes, College Heights typically lends to lower scores than Wilderness Ridge, known as one of the more challenging courses in the area.

Men's golf finishes strong at Doane Invite 

12 APR 2014

CRETE, Neb. – Five Concordia University men’s golfers shot scores in the 70s on the second and final day of the Doane Spring Invite. Freshman Court Croghan carded a team low 75 in round two held at College Heights Golf Course, the home course of the Tigers. As a squad, Concordia’s ‘A’ team combined on a 355-328–683 on the weekend to place fourth among the seven teams.

“Overall I was pleased with the way the guys played today,” head coach Brett Muller said. “College Heights is a much shorter and normally an easier course to score on, however, the greens were aerified this week which made it much tougher to make putts.

“It was good to have five guys in the 70s today. Sam Mayhall played outstanding today, improving by 15 strokes. Shawn (Rodehorst) played better again today.”

Rodehorst’s two-day total of 76-76–152 placed him in a tie for 10th on the individual leaderboard. Freshman Jared Knoepfel and sophomore Garrett Suchanek came in next for the Bulldogs, each tying for 17th with 158 over two rounds. Suchanek enjoyed a big weekend as part of the Concordia ‘B’ team at the meet.

Joining Croghan and Rodehorst in the 70s on Saturday were Mayhall (76), sophomore Sam Simonson (76) and Suchanek (77).

Mayhall’s 15-stroke improvement from Friday to Saturday marked the biggest turnaround of any golfer in the field.

The Bulldog men will compete one more time before GPAC Qualifier No. 3 on April 21. Next up is the Wild West Shootout at Wild Horse Golf Course in Gothenburg, Neb., on Friday, April 18.

Ahlers claims first at NQU INvite, Bulldogs card team season low 

15 APR 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. – Freshman Amy Ahlers claimed medalist honors and the Concordia University women’s golf team recorded a season low score of 358 at Tuesday’s Nebraska Wesleyan Spring Invite. The Bulldogs placed fourth among the field of 10 teams that competed at Pioneers Golf Course in Lincoln, Neb.

Concordia’s team total of 358 edged its 359 from the Nebraska Wesleyan Fall Invite for its best performance of the 2013-14 campaign. Tuesday’s round also marked a 32-stroke improvement compared to the Bulldogs’ 390 turned in at the Midland Invite on April 8 and was the best team effort in head coach Brett Muller’s three seasons at Concordia.

“Overall the team played great,” Muller said. “We had three shoot in the 80s to give us a chance to put up 358 as a team. It was good to see all five improve from the Midland Invite.”

For Ahlers, her 80 equaled the season low that she posted at GPAC Qualifier No. 2 on Oct. 2, 2013. Ahlers tied with two others for first but earned the tiebreaker based on her lower scores in the handicap holes.

As someone with lofty expectations, Ahlers wanted more after starting with a 38 on her front nine.

“You’re not going to believe it but she was actually disappointed,” Muller said. “She really just wants to play a complete round. Once she breaks 80 the first time I think she will consistently be in the 70s. It’s a mental block for her. She’s done it multiple times in high school and summer events.”

Fellow freshman Kayla Krueger also medaled with a 10th-place finish on the strength of her 86. Krueger came into the spring with an average of 90.86 in seven fall rounds.

It was also a breakout day for sophomore Kristin Remm, who shot a career best 89 and tied for 13th among the field of more than 50 golfers.

The final two spots in the lineup were held down by juniors Melissa McIntosh (103) and Allison Schieffer (103).

One of eight GPAC teams at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite, Concordia finished in front of Morningside (369), Midland (372), Doane (375), Briar Cliff (379) and Hastings.

“This was just a glimpse of the type of players we have,” said Muller, who believes his team can be even stronger down the stretch.

The Bulldogs have their most important date of the early spring season coming up on April 23 when GPAC Qualifier No. 3 at Fremont Golf Club takes place. Concordia (366-374–740) sits fifth in the conference after two fall GPAC qualifiers. Individually, Ahlers is tied for eighth with her two-round total of 89-80–169.

Bulldogs place sixth, Rodehorst second at WIld West Shootout 

18 APR 2014

GOTHENBURG, Neb. – In its last tune up before the first GPAC qualifier of the spring season, the Concordia University men’s golf squad placed in a tie for sixth among the field of 17 teams at the Wild West Shootout in Gothenburg, Neb., on Friday. Despite consistent winds around 30 miles per hour, the Bulldogs shot a solid 321 as a team and junior Shawn Rodehorst placed second individually with a two-over-par 74.

“It was a pretty good day overall,” head coach Brett Muller said. “We beat some GPAC teams that are ahead of us in the standings so hopefully we’ll use that as momentum going into Monday’s GPAC qualifier.”

Rodehorst’s 74 marked a season low over his combined 13 rounds over the fall and spring. The native of Kearney, Neb., recorded three birdies and consistently kept himself out of trouble by using a safe approach in the face of the gusty conditions at Wild Horse Golf Course. He finished just one stroke off of medalist honors.

“Shawn did a great job putting and put himself in good position off the tee,” Muller said. “He was hitting his one iron off the tee and hitting it low and keeping it on the fairways.”

Freshman Court Croghan, who was not part of the five-member varsity lineup on Friday, competed as an individual and shot an 80. That performance came on the heels of his 75 on day two of the Doane Invite on April 12 and earned him a spot in the lineup for the upcoming GPAC qualifier.

The other four Bulldogs in action on Friday were freshman Jared Knoepfel (81), senior Sam DeFreece (83) and sophomores Sam Simonson (83) and Garrett Suchanek (86).

Monday’s GPAC Qualifier No. 3 will be held at Lochland Country Club in Hastings, Neb. The Bulldogs are set to tee off at 12:40 p.m. Concordia currently sits in ninth place in the conference standings after carding a 317-345–662 over the first two qualifiers, which took place in the fall. On the individual leaderboard Knoepfel is tied for 15th (83-78–161) and Rodehorst is 27th (78-86–164).

Men's golf shoots 326, moves up one spot in GPAC standings 

21 APR 2014

FREMONT, Neb. – After shooting a solid 321 in a promising performance three days earlier, the Concordia University men’s golf team regressed by five strokes at GPAC Qualifier No. 3 held at Lochland Country Club in Hastings, Neb., on Monday. With a team score of 326 (+38), the Bulldogs placed eighth on the day, beating out Dordt, Briar Cliff and Mount Marty.

Through three qualifiers (two were held in the fall), Concordia has carded a total of 317-345-326–988, placing it eighth with one GPAC round yet to be completed.

“It was definitely a step back from Friday,” third-year head coach Brett Muller said. “We’re trying to figure out how we shot worse with better conditions and on an easier course.”

Individually, junior Shawn Rodehorst shot a 77 for his best qualifier score of the season. On the heels of a 78 in GPAC No. 1 and an 86 in GPAC No. 2, Rodehorst moved himself into a tie for 20th on the leaderboard. He sat 27th entering Monday’s round.

“Shawn played pretty well,” Muller said. “He shot a 37 on his back nine and actually bogeyed the last hole. He a great job coming back after shooting a little higher than he wanted on the first nine.”

Freshman Court Croghan followed up his 80 three days ago at the Wild West Invite with an 82 on Monday. Like Rodehorst, Croghan finished strong on the day in what was his first career GPAC qualifier round.

“Court started a little rough with a 44 on the front nine and then played about as well as we’ve seen all season on the back nine,” Muller said.

Freshman Jared Knoepfel posted an 82 on Monday, giving him a three round score of 83-78-82–243. Knoepfel is currently tied for 22nd in the GPAC, two strokes behind Rodehorst for the team lead.

Sophomore Sam Simonson (85) and senior Sam DeFreece (87) filled out the remainder of the varsity lineup on Monday. Simonson has carded a three-round qualifier total of 81-99-85–265 (36th place). DeFreece, who did not compete at GPAC Qualifier No. 1, shot an 88 at the second qualifier.

At the top of the conference, Nebraska Wesleyan (301-325-296–922) holds a six-stroke lead over Northwestern (301-317-310–928).

The Bulldogs return to action on Thursday for the Mount Marty Invite at Fox Run Golf Course in Yankton, S.D. The final GPAC qualifier will take place Monday, April 28 at the same course in Yankton. It will be the final meet of the 2013-14 season for Concordia men’s golf.

Ahlers' medalist honors at NWU Invite leads to GPAC weekly recognition 

23 APR 2014

SEWARD, Neb. – On the strength of medalist honors at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite on April 15, Concordia freshman Amy Ahlers has been named GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Golfer of the Week, as announced by the league on Wednesday. The native of Albion, Neb., earned the same honor on Oct. 9, 2013, during the fall season.

Ahlers carded a seven-over-par 80 at last week’s meet to best the field of 49 competitors at Pioneers Golf Course in Lincoln. That score tied a career low for Concordia’s top golfer. Ahlers carries a team best average of 84.67 through nine rounds, including seven that took place during the fall.

Currently tied for eighth on the GPAC leaderboard after two qualifier events, Ahlers expects more as she closes her first collegiate season.

“You’re not going to believe it but she was actually disappointed,” head coach Brett Muller said after the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite. “She really just wants to play a complete round. Once she breaks 80 the first time I think she will consistently be in the 70s. It’s a mental block for her. She’s done it multiple times in high school and summer events.”

Ahlers and four other Bulldogs were in action today (Wednesday) at GPAC Qualifier No. 3 at Fremont Golf Club in Fremont, Neb. The first tee times were scheduled for 12 p.m.

Wind and rain no bother for Concordia freshman at GPAC No. 3

23 APR 2014

FREMONT, Neb. – Blustery and rainy conditions failed to stop Concordia freshman Amy Ahlers from shooting an 80 to outperform all 54 individuals at Wednesday’s GPAC Qualifier No. 3. Ahlers, named the GPAC golfer of the week earlier on Wednesday, also tied for first at the second qualifier with an identical 80. Her 89-80-80–249 has her in fourth place on the overall leaderboard.

As a team, head coach Brett Muller’s Bulldogs tied for sixth on Wednesday with a 383. Through three qualifiers, Concordia’s total of 366-374-383–1,123 ranks fifth in the conference standings.

Ahlers, who hails from Albion, Neb., is the biggest reason why the Bulldogs have improved so drastically from their 11th-place conference finish from a year ago.

“I’m proud of Amy,” Muller said. “This is the third tournament she’s won already. That’s pretty impressive. I don’t think we’ve ever had someone win a GPAC qualifier on the women’s side.”

After shooting a 43 on her front nine, Ahlers came back in a big way. She parred on her 10th and 11th holes before a key birdie on 12 that set her up to out-pace the runner up by three strokes.

The rest of Concordia’s lineup fell in well behind Ahlers. The other four Bulldogs carded scores of 98 or higher: freshman Kayla Krueger (98 – 31st), juniors Allison Schieffer (101 – T36) and Melissa McIntosh (104 – T45) and sophomore Kristin Remm (106 – T49).

Krueger, a native of Alberdeen, S.D., is next in line after Ahlers among Bulldog leaders. Krueger has totaled 92-84-98–274 for a current 19th-place standing in the GPAC.

“Kayla was disappointed. She’s definitely a better player than what she showed today,” Muller said. “She had a couple bad breaks and she didn’t hit the drive as well as she normally does. That’s what hurt her.”

All in all, it’s been a major rebound season for a squad that finished at the bottom of the conference in 2012-13.

“It’s a pretty tight conference,” Muller said. “Five through 10 are within 15 shots of each other. Teams are jockeying for position as we come down to GPAC No. 4. I don’t know if we can catch Mount Marty (fourth place) but we’re trying to hold onto No. 5, which is a vast improvement from last year.”

The Bulldogs are back in action Thursday, May 1 for the Mount Marty Invite at Fox Run Golf Course in Yankton, S.D. Concordia will return to the same course on Monday, May 5 for GPAC Qualifier No. 4 – the final meet of the 2013-14 season.

Men's golf places 10th at Mount Marty Invite 

24 APR 2014

YANKTON, S.D. – In what was essentially a preview meet for Monday’s GPAC Qualifier No. 4 at the same course, the Concordia University men’s golf squad shot a 325 to place 10th among 12 teams – all from GPAC schools – at the Mount Marty Invite. Junior Shawn Rodehorst again led the way individually, carding a four-over-par 76 to place in tie for 12th on Thursday at Fox Run Golf Course.

Senior Sam DeFreece (80 – T32) and freshman Jared Knoepfel (81 – T41) placed second and third, respectively, among Bulldogs. The drop off came after the No. 3 spot as sophomore Sam Simonson (88 – 60th) and freshman Court Croghan (91 – T62) rounded out the rest of the lineup.

Both Rodehorst and Knoepfel faded a bit down the stretch after strong starts.

“Shawn was probably the lone bright spot,” head coach Brett Muller said. “He turned at even par and ended up bogeying his last four holes. Jared was +2 after 12 holes and struggled to finish. Both were disappointed with how their days ended.”

With the 76, Rodehorst finished eight strokes off tournament medalist Ryan Kiewiet of Northwestern. Kiewiet shot a 68 for the first-place Red Raiders.

Rodehorst was the only Bulldog who entered the day with previous experience at Fox Run. Muller hopes his team will rebound in four days when it returns.

“The good thing is that GPAC No. 4 is ahead. I hope our guys take some things from today and do better on Monday,” Muller said.

The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday for the Bulldog-Tiger Ryder Cup at York Country Club in York, Neb. The meet will not officially factor into season results. Concordia completes the season on Monday at GPAC Qualifier No. 4, which will also take place at Fox Run Golf Course. Muller’s squad currently sits eighth in the GPAC with a three-round total of 317-345-326–988.

Suchanek closes season with career low, Bulldogs finish eighth in GPAC 

28 APR 2014

YANKTON, S.D. – Despite being met with rain, wind and temperatures in the 40s throughout much of the day, the Concordia University men’s golf team managed to duplicate their score from four days earlier at the same course. Competing in their final meet of the season, the Bulldogs carded a 325 to tie for eighth at Monday’s GPAC Qualifier No. 4

Overall, Concordia finished in a tie for eighth in the GPAC with its cumulative 2013-14 qualifier total of 317-345-326-325–1,313. The Bulldogs were four strokes better and two places better than the previous season.

“It was a step in the right direction,” head coach Brett Muller said of the season as a whole. “We had some speed bumps and ups and downs but that’s what you would expect with a lot of new faces.”

Sophomore Garrett Suchanek came through with a career best five-over-par 77 on Monday to lead Concordia. Suchanek (average of 84.77 in 13 rounds this season) shaved 10 strokes off his only other qualifier outing this season – back at GPAC No. 1. Suchanek did so despite having to endure a delay with a +2 score heading into his final four holes.

“The conditions were very similar to GPAC No. 2 – cold, wet and windy and even a little hail,” Muller said. “We had about an hour and 15 minute lightning delay.

“Garrett ended up bogeying three of his last four holes or he would have had a really impressive score. The delay hurt him.”

Junior Shawn Rodehorst again finishes as the top Bulldog on the overall leaderboard. Rodehorst placed 21st in the GPAC with his four-round total of 78-86-77-78–319. Having battled a hip injury throughout this season, the Kearney, Neb., native’s scored went up 17 strokes compared to his all-conference sophomore season.

Freshmen Court Croghan and Jared Knoepfel both turned in 85s on Monday. Senior Sam DeFreece rounded out the lineup with a 95. After Rodehorst, Knoepfel was the next highest Bulldog finisher in the GPAC standings, placing 28th with a total of 83-78-82-85–328. Knoepfel and Rodehorst were the only Bulldogs to compete in all four qualifiers in 2013-14.

Nebraska Wesleyan, which entered the day with a six-stroke lead atop the GPAC, won the conference title with its total of 301-325-296-303–1,225. The Prairie Wolves’ Rory Doll (77-76-71-73–297) won individual medalist honors after shooting a 73 on Friday.

With DeFreece being the only senior on this year’s roster, Concordia will expect to make another jump in the conference standings next season.

“With having most of our guys back and three good recruits coming in, we think we’ll have a solid team next year,” Muller said. “We expect to compete better. We have two recruits from Colorado coming that should push to be in our top five as freshmen. It should be practices very competitive.”

Albion's Ahlers collects second straight GPAC golfer of the week award 

30 APR 2014

SEWARD, Neb. – An outstanding freshman season continues for Concordia’s Amy Ahlers, who on Wednesday was named GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Golfer of the Week for the second-straight time and for the third time overall in her young career. This past fall she received the honor on Oct. 9, 2013.

A native of Albion, Neb., Ahlers shot a seven-over-par 80 at last week’s GPAC Qualifier No. 3 to take first place on the day and earn her third tournament victory of the season. Ahlers moved up to fourth on the individual leaderboard with her three-round qualifier total of 89-80-80–249.

“I’m proud of Amy,” head coach Brett Muller said after the meet on April 23. “This is the third tournament she’s won already. That’s pretty impressive. I don’t think we’ve ever had someone win a GPAC qualifier on the women’s side.”

Ahlers leads the team with an average of 84.40 over 10 rounds in 2013-14. Over her first 54 holes of the spring, she has carded a mean score of 82.33.

The former Boone Central High School star and the rest of the Concordia University women’s golf team returns to action on Thursday with the Mount Marty Invite at Fox Run Golf Course in Yankton, S.D. They will return to the same course on Monday (May 5) for GPAC Qualifier No. 4.

Women's golf places sixth at Mount Marty Invite 

1 MAY 2014

YANKTON, S.D. – On Thursday it was the Concordia women’s golf team’s turn to take its hacks at Fox Run Golf Course in Yankton, S.D., the same place the men’s golfers competed at twice over the past week. The Bulldog women placed sixth out of nine teams with a team total of 387 at the one-day Mount Marty Invite.

Reigning two-time GPAC golfer of the week Amy Ahlers topped the Bulldogs with a 90 to tie for 12th among the field of more than 55 competitors in Yankton. She entered play with an average of 84.4, but windy conditions were a limiting factor for Ahlers and many others in the field.

The rest of the Concordia lineup was filled out by freshman Kayla Krueger (97), sophomore Kristin Remm (99) and juniors Allison Schieffer (101) and Melissa McIntosh (103).

The Bulldogs will conclude the 2013-14 season on Monday with GPAC Qualifier No. 4. Concordia (366-374-383–1,123) will enter the final round of qualifier action in fifth place. Ahlers (89-80-80–249) is fourth on the individual leaderboard as she looks to claim all-conference honors (top 10).

Women's golf finishes sixth in GPAC; Ahlers locks up all-conference honors

5 MAY 2014

YANKTON, S.D. – In a season of dramatic turnaround, the Concordia University women’s golf team went from 11th in the GPAC in 2012-13 all the way up to the middle of the pack in 2013-14. Led by freshman Amy Ahlers, the Bulldogs were one stroke away from a season low at Monday’s season-ending GPAC Qualifier No. 4 amid near perfect golf conditions at Fox Run Golf Course in Yankton, S.D.

Ahlers ended the season by shooting a 359 on the way to finishing sixth overall with a cumulative GPAC total of 366-374-383-359–1,482. The Bulldogs cut 124 strokes off their qualifier total from the previous season. Individually, Ahlers shot an 11-over-par 83 on Monday to secure a tie for fourth on the conference leaderboard (89-80-80-83–332).

“Going from 11th to sixth has a lot do with the two freshmen – Amy Ahlers and Kayla Krueger,” head coach Brett Muller said. “We hope that shooting one of our lowest team scores all season helps us build momentum. We’re not where we want to be but we took a step in the right direction this season.”

Ahlers, who had claimed first-place finishes at the second and third qualifiers, settled in on Monday after a slow start on her first few holes. She placed 13th on the day to record her ninth top-20 finish in 10 meets (12 rounds) in 2013-14. The Albion, Neb., native topped the team with a season average of 84.6.

“Today she got off to a slow start. She bogeyed her first three holes,” Muller said. “I think she put a lot of pressure on herself knowing she had to have a really low score to win the GPAC. Once she calmed down she was much better.”

Krueger (Aberdeen, S.D.) carded an 85 on Monday, just one stroke off her season low of 84 at GPAC Qualifier No. 2. That allowed Krueger (92-84-98-85–359) to move up three spots to No. 16 in the conference standings. She held down the No. 2 spot in the Bulldog lineup throughout the season and finished with a season average of 91.8.

The rest of the Concordia lineup included sophomore Kristin Remm (94) and juniors Allison Shieffer (97) and Melissa McIntosh (103). Schieffer (98-106-101-97–402) placed 34th and McIntosh (87-110-104-103–404) 35th. Remm did not qualify for the leaderboard because she did not compete at GPAC Qualifier No. 1. In three qualifiers, Remm totaled a 304.

Of the seven golfers on the roster, two are freshmen, two are sophomores and three are juniors. Muller expects continued improvement in 2014-15.

Dakota Wesleyan won the GPAC title with its cumulative score of 1,308, 59 strokes better than runner up Northwestern. Dakota Wesleyan also had the top two individuals in Lauren Fitts (318) and Chelsea Burback (324).

Rodehorst snares at-large selection on all-conference team 

7 MAY 2014

SEWARD, Neb. – For the second-straight season, junior Shawn Rodehorst has been named to the 15-member GPAC men’s golf all-conference team. Having finished 21st in the final GPAC qualifier standings, Rodehorst was chosen by league coaches as an at-large selection for all-conference, as announced on Wednesday.

The native of Kearney, Neb., completed the 2013-14 season with a cumulative GPAC total of 78-86-77-78–319. In 16 rounds (12 meets) throughout the season, Rodehorst carded a team low average of 78.8. He recorded eight top-20 finishes, including four top-10s and three top-five placements. He posted his season low score of 74 at the Wild West Invite on April 18.

In 2012-13, Rodehorst placed eighth in the GPAC and broke the school record with a mean score of 75.15 over 13 rounds.

Rodehorst 2013-14 meet-by-meet
Siouxland Invite – 77-76=153 (+11)
Doane Fall Invite – 78 (+7)
GPAC Qualifier No. 1 – 78 (+6)
Morningside Invitational – 76 (+5)
Nebraska Intercollegiate Meet – 84-80=164 (+20)
GPAC Qualifier No. 2 – 86 (+15)
Bethel Spring Invitational – 80-89=169 (+27)
Doane Spring Invite – 76-76=152 (+9)
Wild West Invite – 74 (+2)
GPAC Qualifer No. 3 – 77 (+5)
Mount Marty Spring Invite – 76 (+4)
GPAC Qualifier No. 4 – 78 (+6)

Ahlers officially named to women's golf all-conference team 

14 MAY 2014

SEWARD, Neb. – Freshman Amy Ahlers had already locked up a spot on the 2013-14 GPAC women’s golf all-conference team by placing fourth in the league. On Wednesday the conference officially named Ahlers to the 15-member all-GPAC squad. Teammate and fellow freshman Kayla Krueger received honorable mention.

Ahlers, a native of Albion, Neb., quickly established herself as a top golfer in the GPAC. She twice won outright or tied for conference medalist honors over the four league qualifiers. The former Boone Central High School star accumulated a 72-hole GPAC total of 89-80-80-83–332. Over 12 rounds throughout the season, Ahlers led Concordia with an average of 84.6. She finished in the top 20 in nine of 10 meets.

Krueger backed Ahlers as the Bulldogs’ No. 2 golfer. The native of Aberdeen, S.D., placed 16th in the GPAC (92-84-98-85–359), fueled by a season low 84 at the second conference qualifier. She finished with a mean score of 91.8 with three top-10 finishes while competing in all 10 meets.

Rodehorst collects Capital One Academic All-District, scholar-athlete recognition

15 MAY 2014

SEWARD, Neb. – Two-time GPAC all-conference golfer Shawn Rodehorst received two more honors on Thursday as he was named to the Capital One Academic All-District® 3 At-Large First Team of the College Division and tabbed a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. A business administration major, Rodehorst has been named both all-district and a scholar-athlete for the first time in his career.

Academic all-district teams, “selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), have been released to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.”

The district 3 at-large team of the college division encompasses all schools in the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, S.D. and Wisconsin and includes 16 total honorees. That number is comprised of male athletes from golf, tennis, swimming, volleyball and wrestling.

With a cumulative GPA of 3.74, Rodehorst is one of 114 NAIA men's golf scholar-athletes. This season the native of Kearney, Neb., led the Bulldogs with an average score of 78.8 over 16 rounds. He recorded eight top-20 finishes in 12 meets.

As a First-team Academic All-District® honoree, Rodehorst advances to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced the first week of June.

View the entire list of men's golf scholar-athletes HERE.

Hallaert and McIntosh reel in scholar-athlete honors 

22 MAY 2014

SEWARD, Neb. – Concordia University women’s golfers Jenelle Hallaert and Melissa McIntosh have been named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, as announced by the NAIA on Thursday. Both juniors have received the honor for the first time in their careers.

Hallaert, a native of Omaha, is an art therapy and psychology major. McIntosh, who hails from Lincoln, is majoring in elementary education.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

Concordia ranks as the NAIA’s all-time leader in number of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes with 973 and counting. (This figure includes all 54 Concordia scholar-athletes announced so far for 2013-14). During the 2012-13 academic year, Concordia had 71 Scholar-Athletes and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams.

A total of 118 NAIA women’s golf student-athletes across the nation were named 2013-14 scholar-athletes by the NAIA.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb., that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world.