Ahlers equals own school record, claims 10th tournament title

By Jacob Knabel on Apr. 12, 2017 in Women's Golf

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Senior Amy Ahlers did Amy Ahlers things on Wednesday. Perhaps the most accomplished golfer in program history, the Albion, Neb., native equaled her own school record for lowest single round while tearing it up at Whispering Creek Golf Club on Wednesday. In the process, Ahlers seized the 10th tournament victory of her Bulldog career and also broke the Whispering Creek women’s course record.

As a team, head coach Brett Muller’s squad placed eighth with a total of 365. It marked Concordia’s third lowest score of the 2016-17 season, which has included 10 rounds.

The numbers have been staggering for Ahlers, who has placed inside the top 10 in 30 of 37 career events played. On Wednesday, her one-under-par 71 was exactly the same score she turned in on Sept. 18, 2015 at the Lila Frommelt Fall Classic. Not only does Ahlers own the program single-round record, she also set the school standard as a junior for lowest single-season average (80.79) and holds the Green Valley Golf Club (Sioux City) course record. Her average this season is now down to 80.73.

After chipping in for eagle on her 17th hole, Ahlers putted for birdie on her final hole. She finished with a par, keeping her at one under.

“She did a great job putting herself in position off the tee,” Muller said. “She stayed out of trouble and gave herself a lot of chances from the fairway. She actually had three, three putts that hurt her a little bit, but the chip and the birdies she had really helped.”

Ahlers was joined at the event by teammates in freshman Murphy Sears (88, T-17th), junior Lauren Sperry (102, T-48th), freshman Payton DeMers-Sahling (104, T-51st) and Madison Pitsch (115, 56th). A native of Crete, Sears carded a score just above her season average.

“Our last three round have been better,” Muller said. “We need to continue to improve and get into the 350s at conference and maybe even push for something in the 340s.”

The final meet before the spring GPAC championships will be the Kaitlyn Erickson Invite hosted by Doane. It will take place at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln next Tuesday (April 18).