Coyote women finish sixth at North Region Championships

Coyote women finish sixth at North Region Championships
The South Dakota women's golf team shot a 325-328-343-996 (+132) and finished sixth at the North Region Championships at the 6,048-yard, par-72 Bluffs Golf Course in Vermillion.

The tournament wrapped up with 36 holes on May 2.

Junior Karrie Plate (Vermillion) finished tied for seventh after carding a 76-80-83-239, while fellow junior Amanda Young (Mitchell) tied for 18th with an 83-80-88-251.

Also contributing to the team score were sophomore Kristi Tighe (Homer, NE), who fired an 83-82-88-253, and sophomore Amber Luitjens (Aberdeen), who recorded an 88-86-84-258.

Sophomore Brooke Bonte (Beresford) rounded out the USD contingent with an 83-91-89-263.

Earning the team bids to nationals were Nebraska-Omaha who won the 54-hole event with a 311-317-343-971 (+107) and Minnesota State, who shot a 323-332-324-979 (+115).

North Dakota recorded a 317-323-340-980 (+116) and finished just a stroke behind MSU.

The final three teams, Southwest Minnesota State (322-329-339-990; +126) Augustana (326-327-340-993; +129) and South Dakota (325-328-343-996; +132) were separated by six strokes to round out the six-team field in the severe weather stricken event.

Weather held the first day of play to one round and the second day saw play halted twice due to lighting and thunderstorms.

Augustana's Carley Roach garnered medalist honors by firing a 74-76-80-230 (+14) and finished three strokes ahead of MSU's Anne Martin (72-79-78-233).

Roach and Upper Iowa's Rachel Schmidt, who finished third with a 72-80-82-234 (+18), will be the two individuals representing the North Region at nationals.

The national championship will be hosted by Grand Valley State and held at The Meadows in Allendale, MI, on May 10-13.

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