Ahlers, Sears claim top 10 finishes in Fremont

By Jacob Knabel on Mar. 27, 2017 in Women's Golf

FREMONT, Neb. – The spring season officially got underway for the Concordia University women’s golf team on Monday at the Midland Spring Invite. Among the six Bulldogs to take the course, senior Amy Ahlers and freshman Murphy Sears were the top performers. Both finished inside the top 10 in a field of 54 individual golfers.

As a team, head coach Brett Muller’s squad turned in a 397 while navigating Fremont Golf Club. That total tied for seventh place.

“Amy led the way for us again today,” Muller said. “Her ball striking was the best it’s been during her senior year. She made a couple of bogeys that she normally doesn’t make. Murphy is working through a few adjustments in her swing. Once these become habit for her, I expect her to be shooting in the 70s. As a team, we struggled adjusting to greens and had way too many three putts. We have plenty of work to do before our next event on Sunday.”

A three-time All-GPAC performer, Ahlers came in under her season average by carding an eight-over-par 81 on Monday. The native of Albion, Neb., carded one birdie and nine pars on the day. Ahlers has placed in the top 10 of all five tournaments during the 2016-17 campaign. Meanwhile, Sears shot an 88 (+15) and tied for sixth place, marking the third top-10 finish of her career.

The four other Bulldogs at the meet were Payton DeMers-Sahling (101), Lauren Sperry (108), Madison Pitsch (120) and Paighton Barbre (124).

Next up for Concordia is the Bent Tree Intercollegiate in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Sunday. The meet will take place at Bent Tree Golf Club.