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Division III Championship Starts Tuesday For Women's Golf
Posted: Monday, May 12, 2008
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - The UW-Eau Claire women's golf team is ready to begin competition in the 2008 NCAA Division III Championship, which starts Tuesday and continues through Friday at Centennial Oaks Golf Club in Waverly, Iowa.
This is the eighth consecutive appearance to the national tournament for the Blugolds, who are led by head coach John Means, in his third season with the team. Eau Claire received an at-large berth to the tournament after finishing in fourth place at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championship last fall.
Last season the team took seventh place out of 20 teams at the national championship. Meghan Sobotta (Sr.-Arcadia, Wis.) received second team All-American honors a year ago while she finished as Eau Claire's top golfer. She shot a +36 score of 328, which tied for 21st.
Other golfers representing Eau Claire at the national tournament are Sarah Hansen (Sr.-Bangor, Wis.), Torie Ives (So.-Osseo, Wis./Osseo-Fairchild), Bri Obermueller (So.-River Falls, Wis.) and Katie Swift (Fr.-Onalaska, Wis.). Ives and Obermueller competed in the national championship last season, taking 38th and 62nd overall, respectively.
Eleven conferences were granted automatic qualification and nine teams were selected on an at-large basis from conferences and the remaining independent institutions. Eleven individuals, not from selected teams, also were selected for the championships this year.
The championships will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently. The tournament consists of 72 holes of play over four days of competition. In the team competition, the low four scores from each team for each day will count in the team's total score.
- KM -