Junior anchors Jackrabbits at Hawkeye Intercollegiate

Justin Wulf

Justin Wulf

After back-to-back weeks of record-setting golf, the SDSU women’s golf team cooled off with a 12th-place finish at the Hawkeye Intercollegiate hosted by Iowa.

Conditions weren’t perfect for the Jacks, as coach Jared Baszler cited frost delays and difficult greens along with the weather being “extremely cold.”

“The weather conditions were far from ideal,” Baszler said. “I don’t like to use that as an excuse, but that usually has something to do with it. That golf course has never treated us well either.”

Junior Sydney Sturdevant anchored the Jacks, as she has all season, with a 239 and tied for 33rd. Sturdevant leads the team with a 78.42 scoring average and has the team’s only Top-10 finish this season.

“It’s not a big surprise, she led the scoring average last year,” Baszler said. “She’s not the type of girl that’s going to go out and shoot a 74 one round and 85 the next. She’s able to manage her bad rounds better than other people.”

Junior Whitney Schrader tied for 39th with a 241, Brittany Hanten tied for 48th with a 244, and freshman Morgan Fitts shot a 249 to finish tied for 58th.

Sophomore Rebecca Swords struggled, tying for 70th with a 260 and junior Abby Feehan competed as an individual, finishing tied for 73rd with a 268.

“We had some girls playing decent, but we’ve got to have everyone playing well at the same time,” Baszler said. “We had that the last couple weeks, but we just didn’t have it this week.”

Missouri State claimed the team title with a three round total of 914.

With one event left on the Fall schedule, Baszler says he’s pretty happy with the level of play from his girls.

“The girls showed a lot of improvement from last year,” Baszler said. “They were much more consistent this year and I believe their scoring average was down a few strokes. This fall was a good building block for us going into the spring.”

The Jacks will close out the Fall with the Ross Resorts Invitational in Southern Pines, N.C., on Oct. 26-27.