Following up a strong start to the spring season, the Waldorf University women’s golf team put together a dominant victory by topping Iowa Wesleyan University by 172 strokes during Sunday’s dual meet.
Claiming the top six places in the individual standings, the Warriors posted a team score of 330 strokes while NCAA Division III’s Tigers finished with a 502-stroke total.
“All of the girls played very well,” Waldorf coach Mark Clouse said.
Fernanda Valdes led the Warriors as the junior from Morelia, Mexico captured first place with an 18-hole score of 75 on the par-72 layout at Sheaffer Memorial Golf Course.
“Fernanda is very comfortable on this golf course,” Clouse said. “She’s performed well on it in the past, so it’s good to see her back with a very low score.”
Waldorf senior Maggie Heinlein claimed second, firing an 82-stroke round. Junior Halle Hauer locked up third with an 83 and junior Kailee Ward took fourth with a 90 to provide the final team score for the Warriors.
Waldorf sophomore Haley Lawrence earned fifth, shooting a 92-stroke total while competing as an individual. Sophomore Haleigh Biernacki placed sixth after carding a 96. Competing as an individual, sophomore Mckenzie Fahrni finished eighth with a 111.
It was a promising round for the Warriors, who are preparing for Monday’s Tiger Classic at Fort Madison.
“Throughout the lineup, we played very solid golf,” Clouse said. “Hopefully, we can do the same [on Monday] as well.”
Waldorf, which is seeking its third consecutive team title in the Tiger Classic, opens the tournament on Monday at 9 a.m. as the Warriors aim to keep their streak intact.
“They’re very confident and are seeing good results on their scorecards,” Clouse said. “They’ll be trying to continue with that into Monday’s tournament.”