Three in Top Five Helps WPU to Second Place in Fall Finale
Oskaloosa–Its first-day lead was just a bit too small to hold off a strong ranked team as the Statesmen women’s golf team hosted the Edward Jones William Penn Fall Invitational Friday and Saturday.
William Penn placed second out of nine teams with a score of 644 (315-329) at the par-71 Edmundson Golf Course. #11 Bellevue (Neb.) rallied on the second day to surpass the navy and gold with a score of 633 (316-317).
Bellevue’s Renee Santoyo won medalist honors in a field of 47 players at 152 (75-77).
It is the sixth runner-up finish in as many tournaments for the Statesmen this autumn. Leading the way this time, as she has done so many times before, was Maggie Yang (Jr., Chino, Calif., Business Management). The junior, who was the event leader after Friday’s round, tied for second at 154 (74-80).
Jing Yang (Fr., Woodland Hills, Calif., Biology) and Demi Coertze (So., Johannesburg, South Africa, Digital Communication) joined M. Yang in the top five. J. Yang shot a 161 (80-81) for fourth, while Coertze was at 80-82–162 to place fifth.
Courtney Cunningham (Fr., Muskogee, Okla., Computer Science) was 17th overall at 175 (89-86), and Ashley Manhnieo (Jr., Las Vegas, Nev., Business Management) was 18th at 177 (81-96) to round out the varsity.
Danielle Giannotti (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz., Psychology & Human Services) paced the varsity reserve squad that finished fourth in the team race at 707 (354-353). The squad’s only senior, she was 14th at 173 (85-88).
Alexandria Eckenrod (Jr., Mason City, Iowa, Elementary Education) (91-87) and Alexi Rule (Fr., Idaho Falls, Idaho, Education) (89-89) tied for 19th at 178. Carly Schmalz (Fr., Buffalo Lake, Minn., History/Government), in a tie for 23rd (89-90–179), and Natalie Booton (So., Mount Pleasant, Elementary Education), in a tie for 31st (98-89–187), concluded WPU’s scoring.
“We have developed a sense of consistency even when we do not play well,” Head Coach Nik Rule said. “We did not really do anything overly impressive this weekend, but our scores were not terrible. We have to remind ourselves that we are a young team that is still learning a lot, and part of that maturation process is learning how to compete; we have competed and beat some of the best all season.”
“I am proud of the way we performed this fall as it has put us in a good spot entering the winter,” Rule added. “We are excited to get in the weight room with our strength trainers and find ways to become more fit for the spring.”
Rule also wanted to give some special thanks for all the support his team has received.
“One thing we have to mention is the amazing support we have received from our fans,” Rule said. “We are so fortunate with the outpouring of support we have had from families and community members. People are talking about William Penn women’s golf, so we feel we are on the right track.”