April 7, 2013

Statesmen hold off ranked Grand View to grab silver at Ashford

The Oskaloosa Herald

RIVERSIDE — The William Penn women’s golf team used a record-setting first day to finish high at the Ashford Invitational Friday and Saturday.

The Statesmen placed second out of t10 teams at the Blue Top Ridge Golf Course with a score of 668 (322-346). Seventeenth-ranked Bethel (Ind.) claimed the tournament win at 650 (317-333), while league rival Grand View, ranked 25th in the NAIA, finished one stroke back of the navy and gold at 669 (334-335).

The program’s lowest single round ever of 317 came last fall on the par-70 Edmundson Golf Course (37 over par), but Friday’s score of 322 was actually William Penn’s best round ever related to par (+30).

Bethel’s Geandra Almeida topped the 51-person field at 158 (79-79). Maggie Yang was just shot behind her to tie for second at 159 (79-80). It is her eighth top-five finish this year.

Courtney Kronmuller had a tremendous outing as well, taking fourth at 163 (79-84). Both Yang and Kronmuller were named to the all-tournament team.

“Maggie and Courtney again showed that working hard pays off,” Penn coach Nik Rule said. “They both played exceptionally well this weekend and making the all-tournament team was well deserved.”

Danielle Giannotti had by far her best showing of the year, tying for 13th at 173 (81-92). Demi Coertze, in 19th at 175 (83-92) and Ashley Manhnieo, in 20th at 176 (86-90), rounded out the team’s scoring.

“We really started to show our potential with day one’s play,” Rule said. “A 322 at a course like that with a par of 73 is competitive with most of the top teams in the country. We have put together several solid rounds at or under the 320s this year and now we just need to continue to build.”

"While we beat the No. 25 team in the nation and gave ourselves an opportunity to challenge the No. 17 team, we were disappointed with how we played on Saturday,” Rule added. “We were fortunate to stay ahead of Grand View, but we have to finish stronger.”

“Two weeks from today one team will be holding a conference championship banner, and we do not want to watch someone else do it,” Rule concluded. “We have a senior on this team (Courtney Kronmuller) who has dedicated a lot of time and effort to this program and it would be nice for us to honor her by finishing on top of the MCC.”

William Penn travels to Panora next Friday and Saturday to compete in the AIB Invitational at the Lake Panorama National Golf Course.