LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — The University of Findlay women’s golf team may have switched leagues, but the Oilers appear to have brought their winning ways with them.
Champions of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) a year ago, UF is currently leading the field in its new league — the Great Midwest Athletic Conference — after Monday’s first round of the GMAC Women’s Golf Tournament at Four Bridges Country Club in Liberty Township, just north of Cincinnati.
UF weathered snow, 20-mile-per-hour winds and temperatures barely above freezing to post a 318 team total. Trevecca Nazarene University, which has won every GMAC women’s golf championship since the league was formed five years ago, is in second place at 331, 13 strokes behind Findlay and just one ahead of Ohio Dominican (332) heading into today’s final round.
The GMAC championship was scheduled to be 27 holes per day both Monday and today, but due to poor conditions the tournament has been shortened to two 18-hole rounds.
UF posted four top 10 scores in taking the opening lead. Samantha Kellstrom fired a 37 on the back nine and leads the medalist standings with 77. Makenzie Torres and Meredith Wipper shot identical 41-39–80 and are tied for fourth place overall. Samantha Hatter is another shot back with an 81 and tied for seventh. Kristina Kniesly rounded out UF’s lineup and shot an 84.
GMAC WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
AT FOUR BRIDGES COUNTRY CLUB
TEAM STANDINGS — 1, Findlay 318. 2, Trevecca Nazarene 331. 3, Ohio Dominican 332 4, Alderson Broaddus 349. 5, (tie) Malone and Walsh 352.
ONU’s Surdej named
ADA — Ohio Northern University’s Kaitlin Surdej has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference’s Softball Pitcher of the Week after posting two complete-game wins for the Polar Bears.
The junior left-hander allowed five hits, no earned runs and struck out five in a 9-1 win over Baldwin Wallace, then threw another five-hitter and had five strikeouts in a 5-2 win over John Carroll. Surdej is second in the OAC in both ERA (2.35) and totals wins (11).