Jacks battle strong winds during Omaha Classic

Lynn Stoneburner

Lynn Stoneburner

The South Dakota State University women’s golf team took the road last weekend, traveling to the University of Nebraska, Omaha’s Ironwood Collegiate Classic, April 6 and 7.

The Jacks battled strong winds both days.

Junior Annie Spaulding led SDSU with an 85 on Saturday, placing her in third place overall going into the final round.

Spaulding finished in a tie for seventh place with a two-day total of 170. Spaulding, who came into Sunday’s final round one stroke behind the leaders, finished seven shots behind medalist Tanis Hastman of UNO.

“The weather conditions were tough, the course was not in very good shape, and we have not been able to practice. Despite these drawbacks, I felt I performed well,” Spaulding said.

The team total of 387 placed the Jacks in ninth of 12 teams going into Sunday’s round on the par 72 course.

The Jackrabbits improved by 20 strokes on day two, shooting 367, to remain in ninth place. Spaulding led the way with 85, to finish with a two-day total of 170. She was followed by junior Lynn Stoneburner at 195. Juniors Jill Murra and Heidi Tjosaas each came in with 196. Sophomore Arin Adamson finished at 197.

“I could not play to my full potential because my game is very inconsistent this early in the season. Our entire team is looking for improvement as the season progresses and the weather allows practice outdoors,” Adamson said.

The University of Northern Colorado shot 675 in the 36-hole tournament to capture the title. Minnesota State University, Mankato followed close behind with 678 to secure second place. The host UNO Mavericks finished third at 682.

The women travel to Vermillion for the University of South Dakota Invitational April 13 and 14.