SMITHVILLE, MO – Members of the Wayne State College women’s golf team capped off a three-day championship event with a runner-up finish.
From Paradise Pointe in Smithville, Missouri, WSC posted a three-day total of 993 finishing with rounds of 333, 340 and 320 during the 2022 NSIC Championships from Friday – Sunday.
This marked just the second year following an eight year suspension of the program, Wayne State improved from a ninth place finish last season to second this year.
Augustana produced rounds of 306-328-308 for a 54-hole score of 940 to capture an 11th NSIC women’s golf title. Again, Wayne State followed in second (993), just three strokes ahead of third place Upper Iowa with 996. Rounding out the top five team scores were Minnesota State at 1007, two shots better than Winona State at 1009.
Concordia-St. Paul finished sixth with 1019, Southwest Minnesota State took seventh at 1027 and Sioux Falls was eighth recording 1043. Filling out the top 10 teams were Minot State (1049) and University of Mary at 1109.
Abbey Kurmel, a sophomore from Okemos, Michigan, finished the three-day, 54-hole event at 14-over par 230 carding rounds of 76-76-78. She finished as the individual champion one stroke ahead of Augustana’s Shannon McCormick (231) and two strokes in front of Molly Stevens from Augustana.
Kurmel also earned NSIC All-Tournament honors for being in the top five.
Kurmel joins Debbie Yahn in 1998 as the only other Wayne State player to capture NSIC individual medalist honors. Yahn shot 84-41 (125) in the rain-shortened 1998 NSIC Tournament played in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Sophomores Mekky Winyarat and Jazmine Taylor each shot 54-hole scores of 249 and tied for 12th overall in a field of 65 players. Winyarat posted scores of 83-87-79 while Taylor shot rounds of 83-85-81.
Junior Paige Peters shot a final round 82 and ended the three-day event at 265 (91-92-82) to tie for 33rd overall.
Freshman Abbigail Brodersen was 45th overall at 272 with rounds of 93-95-84.
With the win, Augustana earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Central Super Regional, which will be played on May 2 – 4 at Hot Springs Country Club hosted by Henderson State University. The top nine teams in the central region rankings, along with six individuals, not on those teams, will compete at regionals.
The entire field for the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships will be announced Monday, April 25 on NCAA.com and finals taking place on May 10-14 at Chattahoochee Golf Club (Gainesville, GA) hosted by University of North Georgia.