University of Minnesota Morris women's golf team heading to Florida for NCAA Division III National Championship


April 12, 2023

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Justine Day, a Red Lake Band member, is a University of Minnesota Morris women's golf team member and will be heading to Florida in May of this year for the NCAA Division III National Championship.

This story appeared in the University of Minnesota Morris Website last year.

Minnesota Morris Captures UMAC Women's Golf Crown

A steely par from Justine Day on the final hole of the tournament allowed the Cougars to overtake the University of Northwestern for the conference title.

BECKER, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Morris women's golf team won its first UMAC title since 2010 on Saturday, holding off a challenge from the University of Northwestern to win by two strokes over the Eagles.

Heading into the final hole of the tournament, Northwestern had a one-shot lead on Minnesota Morris. Justine Day would fall one stroke short of tying for the UMAC individual title, but her par combined with a triple-bogey from her playing partner from Northwestern gave the Cougars the victory.

With a final-round score of 371 on Saturday, Minnesota Morris ended at 1,097 for the weekend. Northwestern was close behind at 1,099. Crown College took third place with a score of 1,165 and Northland College was fourth at 1,186. The University of Wisconsin-Superior finished in fifth place with a total of 1,236. Bethany Lutheran College ended in sixth place (1,457), Martin Luther College was seventh (1,534), and North Central University dropped out of the team standings after not fielding a full team over the final two days.

The lowest score of the day for Minnesota Morris belonged to Hannah Selig. Selig's 87 moved her up to a fourth-place finish in the tournament and was tied for the second-lowest score of the day on the course.

Day entered the final day with a one-shot lead, but ultimate settled for second place after shooting an 89 to finish one shot back of Northland's Maddy Bloedel at 259 for the 54-hole event. Ultimately, however, it was Day's consecutive pars on holes 8 and 9 – her 17th and 18th holes of the day – that proved to be the difference in the Cougars claiming the team title.

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The final two scores that went towards the Cougar team total on Saturday belonged to Payton and Paisley Sierra. Starting on the 10th hole, Payton Sierra recovered from a 53 on the back nine of Pebble Creek Golf Club to shoot a 44 on the front nine for a 97, ending alone in 10th place. Paisley Sierra shot a 98 in her final round and tied for 12th overall.

Tori Grates added a 103 in her final round and finished 16th in the tournament.

The victory at the conference championship tournament gives Minnesota Morris the UMAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship in the spring. The tournament will be held May 9-12, 2023 at the Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.


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