DIKE — The Central College women’s golf team shaved another two strokes off its score from Saturday, securing a two-day total of 311-309—620 and a second-place finish at the Luther Norse Classic on Sunday.
Grinnell College was the team champion (298-300—598) and Lauren Chen and Nina Kouchi of the Pioneers shared medalist honors with total scores of 144.
Central’s 36-hole score of 620 from the weekend is seven better than the previous school record of 627 set in 2009 at the conference tournament.
“It was an exciting day and a lot of fun,” coach Tabitha Schumacher said. “We missed the 18-hole record by four strokes, too.”
Madison Clark (junior, Bloomington, Ill., Central Catholic HS) had a team-low 76 Sunday, placing her in a tie for fourth place overall 78-76-154. Mackenzie Biggs (sophomore, Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) was third in 75-77—152.
Thea Lunning (junior, Mason City) carded a new career-low in college golf with a 77 to finish 81-77—158 in a tie for 11th overall. Avery Woods (sophomore, Long Grove, North Scott HS) also broke 80 Sunday, tying for 17th in 82-79—161.
“Madison had another PR,” Schumacher said. “It was Avery’s first time breaking 80 and Thea’s previous best in college was 77 at her junior college.”
Delaney Underwood (junior, Mitchellville, Colfax-Mingo HS) was 16th in the 70-golfer field in 77-83—160.
As a team, Central was 17 shots better than any of the other six American Rivers Conference teams competing.
“I thought we were going to be able to gain some strokes from last year, but to do it this fast is huge,” Schumacher said. “It gives us a lot of confidence that we can compete and give ourselves a chance at the conference championship.”
Central’s second unit, the White team, took seventh in 337-340—677.
The Dutch are at the Wartburg Fall Invitational in Waverly next Saturday and Sunday.