By Steven Mcgarvie
The Cleveland State women’s golf team wrapped up their successful fall season with an eighth-place finish at the Shirley Spork Invitational. Freshman Amanda Baker led the Vikings individually with a three-round score of 234 to finish 18th overall.
Throughout the course of this fall season, the Vikings played in four tournaments as a team, with the Roseann Schwartz Invitational being their most successful with a third-place finish out of ten teams.
Other tournament results include: 11th at the Cardinal Classic and 7th at the Mary Fossum Invitational. These solid tournament showings included tough other Division 1 opponents such as Michigan State, Toledo and Akron.
Cleveland State’s best individual tournament performance came when freshman Madison Butler shot a two-round 149 at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational to take home the first-place honors. Another Viking that received first-place honors this fall season is freshman Ashley Knight. Knight shot a two-round 153 to take home the John Carroll University Invitational title. Two outright invitational winners was a step up for the team, as they had a shared winner in the previous spring season (Sophomore Kaylee Neumeister tied for first), but zero outright winners.
Season bests include Neumeister leading the Vikings with a round average of 76.6 which is below the team average of 81.3. Junior Rayna Oosterhuis led the Vikings with a low round score of 70, matching her season best from the 2017 spring season.
Four Cleveland State golfers were honored as letter winners within the 2017 season. They were: Neumeister, senior Sophie Kelner, Oosterhuis and senior Emily Turski.
Senior Sophie Kelner led the Vikings in most rounds parred with two. Kelner believes the upcoming spring season is beginning to show lots of promise with how the young team, three freshmen and two sophomores, faired this fall. What stood out the most this season in Kelner’s opinion, was when the Vikings broke the 18 and 36-hole school record at the Ball State tournament.
After a successful start to the 2017-2018 golf season, Kelner couldn’t choose just one favorite memory.
“Seeing Madison [Butler] get her first win and the team ‘having a great first day,’” are a few of her favorite moments from the fall season.
As the 2017 fall season comes to a close for the Cleveland State women’s golf team, there is upside and promise for the 2018 spring season.