Custer, Lewis star as Bulldogs end round one in fifth place at Hastings Invite

By Jacob Knabel on Sep. 25, 2023 in Women's Golf

HASTINGS, Neb. – Sophomores Emery Custer and Maddie Lewis both came within striking distance of their collegiate personal bests on Monday (Sept. 25) while starring for Concordia University Women’s Golf at the Hastings Bronco Fall Invite. With one of two rounds in the books at the event, the Bulldogs stand in fifth place (343), eight strokes behind third, in the team race. Currently sitting tied for 12th individually, Custer will make a push for her second top 10 tournament finish of the season.

Head Coach Brett Muller’s program traveled nine athletes to the tournament, which features golfers from eight institutions. There are 56 individuals tasked with navigating the Lochland Country Club course in Hastings.

The Broken Bow, Neb., native Custer is hitting her stride as the fall season wears on. She had shot an 81 in her most recent round (at the Buena Vista Invite) and followed it up with a 10-over-par 82 on Monday. Right on her heels is the Treynor, Iowa, native Lewis with an 83. Other scores that counted towards the team total were put forth by Logan Eschliman (88) and Jennifer Gillotti (90). After round one, Iowa Western Community College’s Baylie Pyke sits atop the leaderboard with a 74.

Complete Concordia scores from day one are listed below. Heading into round two, the Bulldogs trail Iowa Western (312), Bellevue University (317), Northwestern (335) and Hastings (338). The 343 Concordia shot on Monday was two strokes shy of a team season low.

Concordia day 1 scores (par 72):
T12. Emery Custer: 82
T14. Maddie Lewis: 83
T26. Logan Eschliman: 88
T30. Jennifer Gillotti: 90
43. Mya Nurse: 95
T51. Ericka Kroeker: 103
T51. Sarah Wilson: 103
54. Emma McCoy: 106
55. Abigail Kollbaum: 123

The second and final round of the Hastings Invite is scheduled to get underway at 10 a.m. CT on Tuesday from Lochland Country Club. Live results can be followed via Golf Genus while using the Golf Genius ID of BRONCOFALL2023.