Women's Golf Ties for A-R-C Championship, Lose in Tie Break
Oct 7, 2018
DECORAH, Iowa - The University of Dubuque women's golf team tied for the 2018 American Rivers Conference Women's Golf Championship, but lost in a tie break on Sunday. It was a remarkable performance by the Spartans, which finished in ninth place in the conference two years ago. The playoff was held after 54 holes as persistent rain made course conditions unplayable for the fourth round. Central, with the win, earns the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship. The championship will be held May 14-17 at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.
The individual championship also was decided in the playoff. Central's Brittany Coppess and UD's Daniela Miranda were tied with three-round totals of 231. Coppess parred the first playoff hole (#18), while Miranda bogeyed.
The Dutch and the Spartans both had totals of 980 after 54 holes. Though fourth-round play began this morning at 9 a.m., the course was pelted by rain through the late morning. The decision was made to discontinue regular play to ensure the the deteriorating course conditions could accommodate the team playoff. The sudden-death playoff began on the 18th hole. All five players teed off and the four low scores were tabulated. Central's low-four scored 22 strokes, while Dubuque's low-four totaled 24. The rest of the team standings were Wartburg in third (1000), Luther fourth (1015), Simpson fifth (1027), Buena Vista sixth (1103), Loras seventh (1151), Nebraska Wesleyan eighth (1192) and Coe ninth (1332).
Miranda's tournament score of 231 came on rounds of 74-80-77. Joining her on the all-conference team were teammates, Megan Gille who finished seventh with a 245 and Madison Bowers who finished 10th with a score of 250.
This is the best team finish at the conference championships in program history, beating last years fifth place finish.