Placke places as runner up at Goette Invitational

By Jacob Knabel on Sep. 26, 2018 in Women's Golf

OMAHA, Neb. – In its first action since the Lila Frommelt Classic (Sept. 14-15), the Concordia University women’s golf team got another stellar outing from freshman Kendra Placke. As a team, the Bulldogs shot a 376 and placed seventh out of 10 teams at the Matthew Goette Fall Invitational hosted by College of Saint Mary on Wednesday (Sept. 26). The tournament took place at Tiburon Golf Club in Omaha, Neb.

Eighth-year head coach Brett Muller’s squad came up shy of its season average, which had been 358.4 entering Wednesday’s round. The latest performance resulted in a 376 that put Concordia above Doane, Peru State College and Hastings in the team standings.

A Seward High School product and former state champion, Placke has now placed in the top 10 at each of the first four tournaments of her collegiate career. Her nine-over-par 81 allowed her to place as the Goette Invite runner up, three strokes off the event champion. Placke’s total was right in line with her season average of 80.60.

Junior Murphy Sears carded an uncharacteristically high 92 (+20) as the No. 2 golfer in the Bulldog lineup. She placed in a tie for 17th amongst the field of 60 golfers at Tiburon. Four others represented Concordia at the Goette Invite: freshman DJ Bokelman (101; 37th), junior Paighton Barbre (102; T-38th), freshman Britney Jepsen (104; 42nd) and senior Madison Pitsch (105; 43rd).

Through four tournaments, Placke has recorded place finishes of fourth (Mount Marty Invite), third (Midland Invite), eighth (Lila Frommelt Classic) and second (Goette Classic), respectively. Thus far, her best round was her very first collegiate round when she carded a four-over-par 76 at the Mount Marty Invite.

Two events remain on the schedule for this fall. The Bulldogs will compete in the GPAC championships next Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 1-2) at The Bluffs in Vermillion, S.D. They will wrap up the fall at the Nebraska Intercollegiate (Oct. 15-16).