The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater golf team clinched its third consecutive conference title Sunday, 10/6, by winning the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship (presented by Culver’s) at Reedsburg Country Club in Reedsburg, Wis.
The Warhawks carded a WIAC Championship and UW-W program record 933 (314-314-305) for the tournament to best runner-up UW-Stout by eight strokes. It is the team’s fifth team championship in program history.
UW-Whitewater also claimed the WIAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship, which is slated for May 12-15, 2020, at the PGA National Resort – Champions Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. It will be the team’s third straight appearance in the national tournament.
Senior CheyAnn Knudsen tied her career best with a final-round 73 to complete a three-day total of 232 (76-83-73), good for third place out of 64 players.
Senior Ashley Hofmeister tied for fourth with a 233 (77-79-77), and senior Kristin Bowe finished sixth after recording a 236 (81-78-77), including a career-best tying 77 in Sunday’s final round.
Senior Kelly Storti also finished among the top 10 with a 238 (84-76-78), good for eighth place, and sophomore Ashton Sinak tied for 10th with a 240 (80-81-79).
Sophomore Lauren Winter finished fourth among individuals and 29th overall with a 262 (83-90-89), and sophomore Billie Jo Parker was 30th with a 263 (87-84-92).
Freshman Lily Sheppard tied for 33rd with a 266 (90-87-89), and freshman Madi LaPaz placed 56th with a 295 (98-101-96).
Saturday’s second round was suspended due to inclement weather and concluded on Sunday morning. The third and final round of the tournament was played Sunday afternoon.
UW-Whitewater’s three-peat is the first in school history and the third in conference history.
The Warhawks conclude the fall season starting next Sunday, Oct. 13, with the three-day Golfweek Division III Fall Invite at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla. The 54-hole tournament features many of the nation’s top teams.