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Fighting Scots prepare for conference

October 6, 2017

This past weekend the women’s golf team traveled to Aldeen Golf Course in Rockford, IL to play in the Midwest Conference Preview. The Scots got a look at the conference course before the Midwest Conference Championships begin on Friday, Oct. 6.

The Scots competed against Knox College, Illinois College, Lake Forest College, and Grinnell College on Sunday. Monmouth’s whole team was consistent with only six strokes separating their first and fifth scorer.

Senior Carly Gonet led the Scots with a 91 which was good enough for an 11th place tie at the meet. Gonet is looking to improve on a 17th place finish as an individual at last year’s championship meet.

Finishing in one stroke increments was Kristen Worner, Kelsey Troutt, and Mamie Ambrosch. Worner came in second on the team and tied for 13th overall with a 93. Troutt was right behind her with a 94 which tied her for 15th, and Ambrosch shot a 95 and tied for 18th place.

Sophomore Kaitlin Korf rounded out the Scots scoring with a 97 and a 21st place finish. Monmouth finished fourth at the meet but look to move up in the team standings this week when it really matters.

“This past weekend we weren’t really competing, we were really just getting a feel for the course,” said Carly Gonet. “It was just a way to get out there and get prepared for this conference weekend.”

When asked about the goals for this upcoming weekend Gonet said, “It would be nice to take that conference championship this year from Grinnell because they have won the past four years, but our main goal is just to go out there and try to remain consistent.”

Monmouth has placed top three at each of the last three Midwest Conference Golf Championships. The Scots placed third in 2015 and were runner-up in 2014 and 2016. Last season the Scots placed six golfers in the top 30 at the meet using a mix of veteran leaders and fresh newcomers to the program.

At the championship meet last year, Monmouth defeated Illinois College by four strokes and Lake Forest College by only two strokes to sneak into second place. Grinnell College won the meet by over 100 strokes, but the Scots are aiming to cut into that this weekend.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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