This past week the Wheaton women’s golf team competed in the 2016 CCIW Women’s Golf Championships on the Naperbrook Golf Course. Competition was fierce since the top finishers advanced to regionals.
The Thunder, already a small team with only six players, were relieved to have the whole team on deck for the conference tournament. The team had a tough beginning of the season when senior Arianna Kim and junior Kylie Monson were both injured and out of play. Finally back to full strength, Wheaton played all six members of the team and the four best scores of each day contributed to the team’s total score.
Each morning, the girls piled into vehicles and drove to the course to log four to five and a half hours of play. Thursday morning the first round was delayed for two hours due to rain, so the girls waited out the weather in a Starbucks.
“It’s difficult to keep your mind focused on the competition ahead when you have to wait so long for the start,” said sophomore Karissa Rashke.
They had a successful day despite the weather, ending Thursday’s round with a team score of 336. This earned Wheaton third place, just one shot ahead of North Central. Friday saw a cessation of the rain, but unfortunately brought high winds which complicated that day’s round. Wheaton dropped a place with a 350 behind North Central’s 342.
The championship ended on Saturday, a beautiful day, with Wheaton defending their fourth place position with a final score of 1029. Illinois Wesleyan took first with a 955 team score followed by Carthage and North Central. Senior Madeline Bond claimed 12th in the individual rankings with a 253, the highest placing for Wheaton Thunder. Kim tied for 14th.
Junior Rachel Goranson and Monson took 25th and 17th respectively. Finally, Raschke finished with a 282 and sophomore Madeline Birkbichler ended with a 277. All in all, it was a successful weekend of competition and conclusion of the season for the women’s golf team.