Wildcat Women Take Second, Men Eighth at GLIAC Golf Championships

Wildcat Women Take Second, Men Eighth at GLIAC Golf Championships

NASHPORT, Ohio — The Northern Michigan women's golf team took second, and the men's golf team placed eighth, at the GLIAC Championships, which concluded Sunday at the par-72 Virtues Golf Club.

In only its second season of competition, the women's team finished as the conference runner-up after shooting a three-round 943 (311-314-318).

Four Wildcats placed inside the top 15, led by Caro Els, who tied for second with a 228 (74-76-78).

"At the beginning of the day, I told the ladies to have fun," said interim head coach Bob Bastian. "We weren't supposed to be competing for a GLIAC championship 20 months into our program's history, yet we were in contention. It's a testament to the hard work they've put in."

Avery Rochester and Karissa Guthrie joined Els in the top 10, tying for sixth (76-80-78=234) and 10th (80-75-85=240) respectively. Haley Hewer tied for 12th with a 241 (81-83-77).

"We are very happy for Caro, finishing in second place individually as well as Avery and Karissa for breaking top 10," Bastian said.

On the men's side, Northern Michigan shot a 935 (308-307-320). Austin Elsner paced the team, tying for sixth with a 224 (74-74-76).

"We put ourselves in good position leading into the final round and just could not put it together today," Bastian said. "Austin finished well and showed resiliency on a tough course."

Dustin Dishaw also cracked the top 30, tying for 27th with a 232 (75-76-81).

"Our two senior captains, Dustin and Hunter Mires, played their final round as Wildcats today," Bastian said. "They both have meant so much to this program, and we will miss them greatly."

Findlay (308-304-311=923) was the women's champion while Grand Valley State (320-325-318=963) rounded out the top three. Findlay's Makenzie Torres (73-72-74=219) captured the individual title.

On the men's side, Grand Valley State (299-294-297=890), Ferris State (295-300-306=901) and Tiffin (302-305-297=904) were the top-three teams. Hillsdale's Joel Pietila (72-76-72=220) was the individual champion.

The women's field included 12 teams while the men's field had 13.