Rain cuts Minnesota’s weekend short at Wisconsin tourney

Nick Heronimus

Weather caused the 2007 Badger Invitational to be canceled before the final round could be completed and left the Minnesota women’s golf team wanting more.

The Gophers left Wisconsin with a little unfinished business, as they were forced to use just their scores from Sunday, putting them in the seventh spot of the tournament.

Assistant coach Kristine Wessinger joked there wasn’t much to say about Monday’s outing as the rain clouds set in and refused to back away.

“We were definitely disappointed that we didn’t get to finish,” Wessinger said.

Steady rain fell from 7 a.m. through the rest of the day and ended things early for the Gophers. The results from the first day of the tournament were used to tabulate the winner, which resulted in Oklahoma being crowned tournament champion.

The Sooners were led by junior Kendall Dye and freshman Ellen Mueller, who shot matching 148s.

Tournament medalist honors went to junior Kendra Hanson of Iowa State, who shot a 3-over-par 147 to take the top honors.

The Minnesota women shot a 51-over-par 627 and finished 33 shots behind tournament champion Oklahoma and seventh overall in a field of 12 teams.

The Gophers began the invitational by shooting an opening round 317 on Sunday. Later the same day, Minnesota then shot an improved 310 for their 51-over-par 627.

Leading the Gophers was sophomore Christine Herzog, who fired an 8-over-par 152 in two rounds of play that put her in a tie for 13th place. Herzog had moved into a tie for 6th in the final round of play Monday, but due to the weather all final-round action was canceled, and the first-day results were used to determine winners.

Herzog credited a solid showing on the green for her score that gradually improved throughout the day Sunday.

“Playing 36 holes is draining, but my putting improved throughout the tournament,” Herzog said.

She continued on to say practice rounds were also important to her success.

“The practice rounds helped with course management which definitely saved me some strokes,” said Herzog.

Along with Herzog, freshman Samantha Sommers had a good showing in her first collegiate tournament by shooting an 11-over-155 through two rounds of play. Sommers credited her teammates with keeping her relaxed.

“I thought I would be really nervous, but my teammates helped me out a lot,” said Sommers.

Other golfers contributing to Minnesota’s final score were junior Sydney Liles, who shot a 13-over-par 157, which tied her for 29th place, senior Paige Bromen, who fired a 19-over-par 163, which put her in a tie for 47th, and freshman Michele Edlin, who shot a 23-over-par 167, which put her in a tie for 58th.

Playing as an individual, sophomore Leslie Grabeman shot a 23-over-par 167, which also put her in a tie for 58th place.

After some time to think about the weekend while the rain fell in Wisconsin, Sommers said she thinks, for an opening weekend, Minnesota didn’t do half bad.

“We are overall happy,” Sommers said, “But we all feel like we can improve.”