Deutschman's strong performance highlights final day of Doane Invite

By on Sep. 25, 2012 in Women's Golf

Deutschman’s strong performance highlights final day of Doane Invite

LINCOLN, Neb. – Concordia senior Makenzie Deutschman capped a solid second and final day at the Doane Invite on Tuesday by carding an 82. Despite her performance, the Bulldogs slipped from 18th place following Monday’s round to 20th place at the event’s conclusion. A total of 21 teams and more than 100 individuals competed at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln, Neb., site of the 2013 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships.

As a team, Concordia shot a 388-392–780. Duetschman finished in a tie for 37th place (90-82–172) thanks to a strong Tuesday performance that saw her knock eight strokes off of her Monday total and post her best 18-hole score of the season. Her season average per 18 holes now sits at 87.3 through six rounds.

“Makenzie played lights out today,” head coach Brett Muller said. “For her to shoot her lowest score of the year on the toughest course we play all year really tells you how well she played today.

“Makenzie shot 41 both days on her first nine holes, so she was in good shape at the turn. Monday she played her final four holes 11 over par. Today she played those same four holes at even par.”

Senior Chelsea Peck (season average of 93.5 in six rounds) came in next for Concordia after shooting a 93-100–193. Peck was followed by sophomore Melissa McIntosh (99-103–202), senior Madison Phillips (106-107–213) and sophomore Jenelle Hallaert (108), who did not participate on Tuesday due to illness.

“Overall today was disappointing to shoot four shots worse on the same course we played the previous day,” Muller said. “I hope we learned something from the last two days. We need to bounce back and improve next Wednesday on the same course for GPAC Qualifier No. 2.”

Lubbock Christian (Texas) captured first place in the event that served as the fall preview for next spring’s national championships. Lubbock Christian individual medalist Sinae Montoya shot a 74-66–140 to fuel the Lady Chaps to a team score of 302-290–592, 24 strokes better than second place William Woods (Mo.).

Deutschman and the Bulldogs will be in action just once more in 2012. Concordia concludes the fall season on Oct. 3 when GPAC Qualifier No. 2 will be held at Wilderness Ridge. The Bulldogs will look to climb out of their current 11th-place standing after the first qualifier event that took place on Sept. 11.