Vikings finish second at Highland Classic but the big news is school records for team total of single round and two-day tournament

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – A school record setting performance was the highlight of the second day of the Highland Classic for Head Coach Tom Lawrence’s Augustana women’s golf team. The Vikings actually bettered a pair of team school records on Sunday, September 3 as they finished second in the nine-team event at the par-72, 5,818 yard Highland Springs layout in Rock Island.

Augustana, led by the individual runner-up finish from sophomore Melanie Loefler(Lockport Township HS, Homer Glen, Ill.), placed second with a two-day total of 659. That eclipsed the previous school record for a four-person team over 36 holes. The record was second just one year ago when the Vikings went 660 (329-331) at the 2016 Highland Classic on September 3-4 with the following scores:(day one = 70-Melanie Loeffler; 80-Jenna Lawrence; 86-Chelsea Meyer; 93-Jenna Stone) (day two = 77-Melanie Loeffler; 81-Jenna Lawrence; 83-Chelsea Meyer; 90-Korina Freidag).

The single day record for 18 holes also came down as the Vikings recorded a 322 today to take down the 323 from September 6, 2008: (75 - Rachel Gahn; 82 - Danielle Detelich; 83 - Heather Arizpe; 83 - Megan McNulty).

Loefler shot a two-day score of 156 with a first day score of 80 and then she followed that up with a 76 today. She tied with Mattie Mahlum of Viterbo (156=79+77) for second place with Danielle Ducklow of Viterbo winning with a two-day total of 151. Ducklow shot 82 the first day but then roared back and put a 69 on the board the second day.

Viking senior Jenna Lawrence(Moline HS, Moline, Ill.) placed sixth with a score of 163 (84+79) while sophomore Grace Ludwig(Glenbard East HS, Lombard, Ill.) was 13th with a 166 (85+81). Senior Korina Freidag(Lanark-Eastland HS, Lake Carroll, Ill.) shot 174 (88+86) and freshman Jillian Stone(Rockridge HS, Reynolds, Ill.)had a 181 (93+88).

Freshman Miranda Sharp(Minooka HS, Shorewood, Ill.) did not count in the team standings but her score of 172 (83+89) was good for 20th place individually. Freshman Jennifer Filotto(Joliet Catholic Academy, Romeoville, Ill.) shot 177 (90+87) and sophomore Leah Crandell(Downers Grove South HS, Downers Grove, Ill.) scored an even 200 (104+96).

Viterbo won the two day meet with a score of 631, including a 308 on the second day. Augustana was second with its school record score of 659 (337+322) while the Viterbo JV took third at 670 (349+321). Illinois College placed fourth at 674 (344+330) with Monmouth taking fifth with a mark of 691 (353+338). Clarke was sixth with a 719 (373+346) while Millikin took seventh at 728 (377+351). Carl Sandburg finished eighth with a 740 (384+356) and Monmouth JV rounded out the field with a ninth place score of 762 (385+377).

Lawrence will send his team back in action on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9 at the Monmouth Invitational at Gibson’s Woods in Monmouth, Illinois.