ANGOLA, Ind.--University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Catherine Wagner won the individual national title to lead UW-Eau Claire to a third-place finish at the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship that was held at Zollner Golf Course May 8-11. The national meet was hosted by Trine University (Ind.).
UW-Stevens Point's Mary Welch also participated in the national championship and finished eighth with 308 strokes (77-78-78-75/+20).
Wagner totaled 302 strokes (78-71-76-77/+14) during the 72-hole event to nip the 303 strokes compiled by Emily Bachert of Centre College (K.Y.), Molly Erickson of St. Olaf College (Minn.) and Sarah Paulson of Central College (Iowa). A total of 101 golfers competed in the event.
Wagner is the second person in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference history to earn the individual national crown. UW-Stevens Point's Jessica Urban was victorious in 2010.
UW-Eau Claire finished third after accumulating 1,255 strokes (+103). Methodist University (N.C.) captured its 15th straight national crown - and 25th overall - with 1,242 strokes (+90) to surpass the second-place total of 1,248 (+96) by DePauw University (Ind.). Centre College (K.Y.) placed fourth with 1,256 (+104) and Williams College (Mass.) was fifth with 1,265 (+113). A total of 19 teams competed in the championship.
UW-Eau Claire's Sara Mattes tied for 24th with 314 strokes (82-74-79-79/+26), while Kate Engler and Emily Swift tied for 48th with 323 (Engler: 80-82-83-78/+35) (Swift: 79-83-82-79/+35), and Maggie Lattery tied for 55th with 326 (78-80-85-83/+38).
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