CSS women, UWS men tied for a successful return to nationals
Playing in the lowest score in the NCAA era of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) (1035, +171), the Saints claimed their fifth consecutive conference title.
After last season’s tournament was canceled, they are now preparing to return to the NCAA Championships for the first time under the guidance of head coach Rachel Gray.
“We’re so excited we couldn’t be more excited about it,” Gray said during practice Thursday at Enger Park Golf Course. “All season we kept thinking, will we have a chance? Is something going to happen? You know we had so much hope last year and it all kind of fell apart around us so it was difficult, we didn’t want to have too far ahead of us this year, so a super exciting year. “
The Saints will play May 11-14 at Forest Acres Golf Club in Lansing, Michigan.
During this same period, UWS will start the National Men’s Division III tournament.
With their third straight UMAC title, the Yellowjackts hope that the experience of previous NCAA appearances will help them succeed.
“We have two guys who were in Kentucky with us two years ago and so for them I think it’s, you know, less about the nerves than going out and playing golf,” said the UWS Head Coach Paul Eberhardt on Seniors Joey Cummings and Ryan. Peterson.
“Where the other three, we’ll see what happens when we come out of the practice round on Sunday.
UWS leaves for their tournament in Wheeling, West Virginia on Friday.