BRISTOL, Wis. – The Olivet Nazarene University women’s golf team picked up right where they left off a season ago. The 2013 team was the first team in program history to advance to the NAIA National Championships, having won the NAIA Super Region. The 2014 team opened play at the Carthage Tournament on the Border with an impressive third place finish out of the 14 teams participating.
The Tigers finished with a team total of 491, just 17 shots behind Carthage College (Wis.) who claimed the title. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater finished second with a team 476.
Day one of the tournament was shorted to just 27 holes after rain and storms swept through the region. At the time of the delay, the Tigers were shooting great season opening rounds. Sophomore Kelsey Fisk (Greenfield, Ind.) was sitting at 40, with senior Ashley Miller (Springhill, Kan.) and junior Lydia Bilyeu (Fulton, Ill.) right behind with 41 and 42, respectively.
Things only improved for the Tigers on Saturday. With the weather cooperating, sophomore Bridget Wolff (East Peoria, Ill.) shot a new school record 75 to finish with a 119 and in fourth place overall. Miller and freshman Tyler Sydney (Bloomington, Ill.) finished tied for 11th overall with closing rounds of 83 and 80, respectively.
Rounding out the top five finishers for the Tigers were Fisk in 16th place and Bilyeu in 24th place. Both shot second rounds of 86.
Olivet will return to the links on Friday, Sept. 6 at noon when they travel to the Knox College Invite in Galesburg, Ill.