SEWARD, Neb. – As a cap to her accomplished career, Kendra Placke has officially been named a 2022 GPAC All-Conference award winner. Placke has earned the honor for the fourth time in her career. Meanwhile, teammate Lauren Havlat was chosen as an Honorable Mention All-GPAC recipient. Placke and Havlat helped Concordia University Women’s Golf place fifth in the conference as a team in 2021-22.
Placke has been a four-year constant in the lineup for Head Coach Brett Muller’s program. Placke locked in all-conference honors while placing third in the GPAC in 2021-22 with a four-round total of 80-74-84-79–317. That score broke former GPAC champion Amy Ahler’s previous school record for lowest four-round total at the GPAC Championships. Placke also graduated with program records for lowest career scoring average (80.7) and lowest single season scoring average (79.8 in 2021-22). As a senior in 2021-22, Placke earned the fourth, fifth and sixth tournament wins of her collegiate career. Placke put together a spring that saw her win two events and collect two GPAC Golfer of the Week awards all while student teaching. Placke’s year-by-year conference tournament place finishes were fifth, sixth, seventh and third, respectively. The Seward High School product also led the program to two third place GPAC finishes as a team.
This is the first career all-conference recognition for Havlat, a Lincoln, Neb., native and Norris High School alum. Havlat placed in a tie for 17th on the 2021-22 GPAC leaderboard. She carded a four-round conference total of 86-87-94-86–353. In terms of season scoring average, Havlat was the team’s No. 2 golfer behind Placke. Havlat shot an average 18-hole score of 89.3 while playing in each of the team’s nine events (18 holes) in 2021-22. Havlat earned a medal for placing sixth at the Matthew Goette Classic back in the fall. She finished just outside the top 10 in three other tournaments this past season. Havlat has played in 43 career collegiate rounds and owns a career scoring average of 91.7.