Taylor Kline earned medalist honors in leading the Northwestern College women’s golf team to a first place finish in the fourth and final round of the GPAC Qualifier played Saturday at Green Valley Golf Club in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Red Raiders shot an impressive 358 in the cold and blustery conditions with winds that often reached over 30mph. They finished one shot in front of Dakota Wesleyan (359) and two strokes better than third place Morningside.
Kline, a sophomore from Glenrock, Wyo., earned medalist honors with an impressive nine-over 81 (39/42), five strokes in front of second place Erin Hedlund (Morningside). Emma Wynja finished alone in third place with an 87 (44/43) and Andria Hinz tied for 13th with a 94 (45/49). Jess Locker (T19-96) and Betsy Wallin (43rd-106) round out the Northwestern scores. There were only six scores recorded lower than 90, two by Red Raider golfers.
Northwestern overtook Morningside and finished in second place overall after the four rounds. The Red Raiders shot a 72-hole total of 1,394 (341/361/334/358) and finished 46 strokes in back of GPAC champion Dakota Wesleyan (1,348). Morningside finished third, one shot in back of NWC, followed by both Hastings and Midland who tied for fourth with a 1,510.
Kline finished second overall out of 70+ golfers with a 72-hole total of 328 (84/83/80/81), 10 strokes in back of four-time GPAC champion Dani Bellet (DWU), who came into the final round as the NAIA’s top-ranked player. Wynja finished fifth overall with a 339 (81/91/80/87) and Andria Hinz came in 13th place with a 364 (89/93/88/94). Wallin finished tied for 24th with a 383 (97/94/86/106).
This ends the season for the Red Raiders.