EMU women’s golf team continues on path of success

After a long spring season of success, the Eastern Michigan University women’s golf team continued its success into post-season play. The team traveled to Nashport, Ohio to compete in the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championship.

The ladies finished in a tie for second place in the nine-team tournament, tying with the University of Toledo. All five of the ladies golfing for EMU during this tournament finished in the top 30 golfers.

EMU had two seniors in last weekend’s tournament, Alyssa Kwon and Sarah Johnson. Both seniors were awarded Player of the Week honors at different points during the season, and had top ten finishes. Junior Corey Crossan also finished in a top 10 position on the leaderboard.

The tournament was host to beautiful weather up until the final round of play

“The weather was good until the last day; it was pouring for the first five or six holes,” Kwon said. “This made the course extremely wet.”

Even though the weather was awful for the final round, EMU managed to play one of its best team rounds in school history.

“The last day was miserable, but we stayed strong like the good ‘bad weather’ players our team is made of and played on the best back nines the Eagles have ever had,” Johnson said. “We finished three over par for the back nine as a team.”

Johnson reflected on the tournament with a bright outlook.

“The tournament was really fun,” Johnson said. “We struggled the first day, which put us behind in the tournament. But we kept fighting and gained strokes on the field and in the end, we fought all the way back and tied for second place.”

Eagles Individual Results

t-8. Johnson 79-77-76=232
t-8. Kwon 79-76-77=232
t-10. Crossan 78-76-79=233
t-29. Karyn Lee Ping 87-74-84=245
t-29. Lois Schoof 82-79-84=245
Team Results
1. Kent State University 303-298-308=909
t-2. EMU 318-303-316=937
t-2. Toledo 312-317-308=937
4. Ball State University 308-304-329=941
5. Western Michigan University 324-308-314=946
6. Bowling Green State University 327-318-312=957
7. University of Akron 321-322-322=965
8. Northern Illinois University 324-330-329=983
9. Ohio University 343-327-337=1007
Johnson was name as one of the golfers for First Team All-MAC after the tournament. Kwon was listed as one of the golfers for Second Team All-MAC.
First Team All-MAC
Johnson, EMU
Jenna Hague, Ball State
Jennifer Ha, Kent State
Josée Doyon, Kent State
Sathika Ruenreong, Toledo
Second Team All-MAC
Kwon, EMU
Kate Hoops, Toledo
Kaylee Imel, WMU
Erin Hawe, Kent State
Angela Codian, Ohio
MAC All-Tournament Team
Jennifer Ha, Kent State
Sathika Ruenrong, Toledo
Josée Doyon, Kent State
Melissa Beurmann, Western Michigan
Jenna Hague, Ball State
Golfer of the Year: Jennifer Ha, Kent State
Freshman of the Year: Sathika Ruenreong, Toledo
Coach of the Year: Katherine Mowat, Ball State
Sportswoman of the Year: Sarah Tranelli, Ohio

Unfortunately for Coach Sandy Wagner and the rest of the Eagles, the team did not qualify for the NCAA Regional Championships, spelling the end of the season.

To qualify for the NCAA Regional Championships, EMU needed to either win this past tournament, or finish in the top 50 in the nation.

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