Bulldogs place third at Erickson Invite

By Jacob Knabel on Apr. 18, 2017 in Women's Golf

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Concordia University women’s golf team beat out four of its five conference rivals that competed at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln on Tuesday. Led again by senior Amy Ahlers, the Bulldogs placed third out of seven total teams in the field.

Concordia turned in a team score of 363 in Tuesday’s meet hosted by Doane. That score marks the third lowest total by head coach Brett Muller’s squad in 2016-17.

Ahlers was fresh off her school record-tying one-under-par 71 at last week’s Morningside Invite. In her latest performance, the native of Albion, Neb., recorded 12 pars, finished with an eight-over-par 80 and claimed sixth place. She’s achieved a top-10 placement at all eight events during the 2016-17 campaign.

Like usual, freshman Murphy Sears fell in next in line with an 87 that equaled her season average. That effort placed her in a tie for 14th place out of 53 individuals. The rest of Concordia’s five-member team included sophomore Madison Pitsch (97, T-24th), freshman Payton DeMers-Sahling (99, T-28th) and junior Lauren Sperry (103, T-36th). Competing individually, freshman Paighton Barbre finished with a 102.

The Erickson Invite marked the first time this season that the Bulldogs had four individuals score under 100 in the same round. The third-place finish was also the highest as a team in 2016-17. They entered the meet with a season team average of 380.27.

All that remains on the 2016-17 schedule are the GPAC Spring Championships, set to take place at Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus, Neb., April 28-29. A full three rounds will play out over those two days. Back in the fall, the Bulldogs shot a team score of 386 at the first round of this season’s GPAC championships. They sit in ninth place.