Women’s golf keeps up successful streak in Dubuque, IL

Emily Thompson

Photo credit: IWU Sports (Pictured: Sophomore Lexie Onsrud taking first place and CCIW accolades at Dechert Classic)

Illinois Wesleyan women’s golf team has been swinging for success and scoring. The Titans powered through Millikin’s Dechert Classic Tournament in Decatur, IL from September 24-25 . After they tied  for first with Transy on the first day, the Titans overtook their opponents and soared to first place with a 36-hole total of 621. 

 

Sophomores Lexi Onsrud and Emma Thorman have been leading the Titans all season and brought home first and second place individual scores this week. Onsrud hit a 147-stroke tournament with two-over 74 and one-over 73 in each game, giving her first place for the first time in her collegiate career. Onsrud was followed by Thorman  with 76- and 74-stroke games, rounding out the Top Two with 150 total. 

 

After the first day of play on September 24, Onsrud and Thorman were already leading the pack. Alongside them were sophomore Kira Petersen and freshman Kylie Hundman in the Top 20. Petersen ended up with 168 total strokes in the end, tying her for 23rd overall. Hundman shot a 174 and tied for 37th. 

 

On September 25, the second day of the tournament, freshmen Jadyn Spinks and Jaque O’Neill made sure the Titans left Red Tail Run Golf Club with more than just the one-two victory. Spinks carded a 78-stroke game on the second day that, when combined with her previous day’s 85 tied her for an 11th place total of 163 strokes. 

 

O’Neill dropped ten strokes off her first day’s score, swinging a 78-stroke game on Day Two. Added to her 88 strokes from the first day, O’Neill tied for 15th place with a total of 166. 

 

Freshman Macy Ludwig finished one stroke behind O’Neill, hitting a total of 167 (83-84) between both games. Ludwig rounded out the Top 20 finalists by tying for 19th place.

 

On top of their high-flying win in Dubuque, the Titans also brought home a “CCIW Co-Golfer of the Week” award for the third week in a row. Previously this season, the CCIW awarded the title to Thorman and Ludwig. Onsrud was recognized on Tuesday, September 28 following her first place medal meaning this week, Onsrud took both her first collegiate medal and CCIW accolade of her career. 

 

As the Titans head into the championship match this weekend, they are followed by Dubuque in second, Transylvania in third, Augustana in fourth, and DePauw rounding out the Top Five. 

 

Illinois Wesleyan women’s golf will host the 2021 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Women’s Gold Championship at Ironwood Golf Course from Thursday, September 30-Saturday, October 2. 

Photo credit: Isabel Sperry