BECKER, Minn. (10/09/17)---Freshman Bailey Klause saved her best for last in the season as she shot three rounds in the 80's and helped Concordia place eighth at the MIAC Championship Meet.
Klause entered the weekend having not posted a single round in the 80's all season long. Her previous season-best was a 91 at the DIII Classic in the middle of September.
Klause finally found her college game in the opening round when she carded an 89 at Pebble Creek GC. She returned on Day 2 and recorded the lowest round of her college career with an 86. Klause completed her career tournament by posting an 87 on Monday. Her 3-day total of 262 was two shots in front of any of her teammates and good for a 34th place in the overall individual standings.
As a team Concordia shot three of their top six rounds of the season. The Cobbers posted their second best round of the year on Sunday when they carded a 351. That was one shot shy of their season best round of 350 in the opening round of the DIII Classic.
Concordia opened with a team score of 362 – their highest round of the meet. After the 351 in Day 2, the Cobbers finished with a 359.
The future is bright for the Cobbers as sophomore Katie Krueger was only two shots behind first-year Klause as the team's No.2 golfer. Krueger led the team after two rounds. She started with an 88 then followed that up with an 85 on Sunday. Krueger was then done in by a triple bogey in the third round and came home with a 91. Her final total of 264 was two shots back of Klause and earned her a 35th-place finish.
Krueger improved on her last year's MIAC three-round total by six shots and was one place better than her 36th-place finish in 2016.
The 85 shot by Krueger on Day 2 was the best round of her collegiate career and tied for the lowest by a Cobber player all season.
Erin Pennington was the team's No.3 finisher at the MIAC meet. Like Krueger, she had two rounds in the 80's but then had a 91 in her other round. Pennington started with an 87 on Saturday and then traveled to the 90's with her 91 on Day 2. She closed out her college career by firing an 89 on Monday.
Pennington finished in 36th place with a total of 267.
Freshmen Andrea Peterson and Gabrielle Ross were the final two members of the Cobber conference championship team. Peterson was 40th with a total of 283 (98-89-96). Her 89 on Day 2 was the second lowest round of her season.
Ross improved in every round in her first MIAC meet and finished with a total of 307 (113-102-92).