DU women’s golf ends season at regionals

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The DU women’s golf team participated in NCAA Regionals on May 5-7 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The team would finish 15th overall, a mark which did not qualify them for the NCAA National Championships to be hosted on May 20 in Eugene, Oregon.

Although the season ended for the Pioneers, the team still won their third straight Summit League Championship behind the leadership of head coach Lindsay Kuhle.

Day one at the NCAA Regionals saw Denver shoot a team score of 315. The round, which took place at the University Club, placed them 16 overall in the field after one day.

Sophomore Jessica Dreesbeimdieke (Windhoek, Namibia) recorded the best performance for Denver on the first day, shooting a 3-over-par, the equivalent of a 75. The round tied her for 32 individually after she fired four birdies on the back nine.

The second day of play saw the Pioneers bounce back, moving up two spots to 14. Shooting a 204, the team improved its score by 11 shots.

Junior Mariell Bruun (Larvik, Norway) led the team with a score of 3-over-par, a three stroke improvement from day one. She would finish day three with an 87 and a cumulative individual score of 240.

As a collective unit, DU fell one spot on the last day of the tournament, finishing 15 in the field. They shot a 307 on the final day.

An awesome showing from Dreesbeimdieke saw the sophomore shoot two-under-par, or a score of 70. She would tally an eagle on the day.

Junior Jessica Carty (Holywood, Northern Ireland) continued her consistent play, shooting a 78 after recording scores of 79 and 77 during the previous two days, respectively. She ended the weekend with a score of 234.

Despite being eliminated from NCAA National Championship contention and seeing the end to their season, the team performed well in 2015-16.

“The future is bright for Denver golf and we look to use this tournament experience to learn where our games are and what improvements can be made in the offseason. Our goal is to get back to the national championship tournament and contend for a title,” said head coach Kuhle. “Through these experiences and learning situations I am confident we will get there in the near future with this hard working, determined group of ladies.”

Braiden is a senior at the University of Denver and currently in his third year working in the sports section at The Clarion. Originally from Aurora, Colorado, he is studying Finance, Economics and Data Analytics in the Daniels College of Business. He is also involved on campus with the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and was previously a Resident Assistant. He enjoys rooting for the Broncos, Avalanche, Nuggets, Marlins, Buffaloes and of course, the Pioneers. In his free time, as well as playing basketball and hockey.

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