Play was suspended for the University of Wisconsin–Stout women’s golf team at the Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling on Friday, April 14 after storms hit the golf course. The tournament was hosted by Illinois’ Wesleyan at the Ironwood golf course. Stout ended the first round on Saturday with a 326 and the next round with a 338 in the afternoon, while dropping to 12th place overall. Stout’s best performer of the day, Madison McCambridge, shot a total of 160 over both rounds. That placed her tied in 23rd for all competitors.
When asked if the weather on the first day affected the team’s performance, Head Coach Howie Samb said, “It might have, but every team played in the same conditions, so we never use weather as an excuse.”
Stout lost 12 shots to par over the final four holes of the first round, dropping to 11th place. Rachel Hernandez and Madison McCambridge led the way for the Blue Devils, both scoring 79. Alexa Filipiak shot an 83 for the round, Trystin Kluess shot an 85 and Hannah Baker shot an 86 in her first time in the Blue Devils’ lineup.
The second round didn’t fare much better for the Blue Devils. McCambridge’s performance topped out the team at 81; Stout counted an 85 from Hernandez, an 88 from Filipiak and a pair of 86’s from Kluess and Baker in the afternoon.
“I would say the team is very disappointed in their performance in Illinois. I was hoping to see steady improvement with every event this spring, and that just didn’t happen,” Coach Samb stated. “However, the gals have recommitted and have had a very good week of practice, which is encouraging.”
Stout is preparing for nationals in Texas on May 9-12. “We will continue to work on our weaknesses and try to get in tournament mode for the Carleton Invitational next weekend. It is our final tune-up for Nationals, so we have to be mentally tougher and physically ready,” Samb said.
Freshman McCambridge added, “We are really focusing on our swings and making sure they feel good and we are confident with them. We are focusing a lot on short game as well. We are also practicing in the wind and getting used to dealing with it, because Houston is known to be windy.”
Photo caption: The University of Wisconsin–Stout women’s golf team finished in 12th place at the Kathy Niepagan Spring Fling on Saturday, April 15.