Gophers finish 12th at ANNIKA Intercollegiate Invite

Three freshmen led the Gophers in score at the event.

Max Biegert

All 12 teams except one at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Invite were ranked in the top 25.

The Gophers were the one team unranked at the event, and the team’s competition proved why. 

Minnesota finished 12th, while Arkansas captured the victory with a team score of 16 under at Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. 

“We’ve grown up the last three tournaments. I am not concerned about our future moving forward with this program, we are going to be just fine,” said head coach Michele Redman. 

The highlight of the tournament for the Gophers came when freshman Kate Lillie made a hole in one on day two of the tournament on the par-3 fourth hole. 

“I was actually playing right in front of her, so I heard her ball hit the pin and roll into the hole,” said Sabrine Garrison. “That was really exciting for her.” 

Coach Redman started three freshmen once again and they ended up leading the Gophers in scoring. Joanne Free finished tied for 41st with a score of 12 over, Grace Kellar finished tied for 53rd (+21) and Lillie finished tied 55th (+23). 

This was the third tournament in three weeks for the women’s team and they won’t play again until the last weekend in October in Atlanta.

“We are going to work our tails off for three weeks now, we have had three practices all year,” Redman said. “Nice thing about having three tournaments so quick is that we know what we need to work on and we will be just fine.”