The North Idaho College women’s golf team earned their best finish ever, with a 9th place finish at the 2013 NJCAA national tournament in Mesa, Ariz. The four-day tournament, hosted at the Longbow Golf Club, concluded on May 16.
The Lady Cardinals team consisted of sophomores Arlee Coleman, Chelsea Porter, Hannah Keough, Madi Hauck and Jennie Williams. The tournament was played in sweltering conditions with temperatures reaching over 100 degrees for the final two days of play. Despite the heat, the Cardinals got contributions from each team member throughout the event. The top four individual scores are used daily for a team score.
Coleman recovered from a difficult first tournament day score to lead the Cardinals in scoring average, placing No. 58 overall. Hauck improved in scoring each day of the tournament, and Williams had two scores in the eighties to close the tournament. Despite flu-like conditions throughout the tournament, Porter kept the Cardinals in contention early in the tournament, with scores of 88 on both day one and day two.
The Lady Cardinals came into the tournament ranked No. 19 in the nation, and survived the field of 17 teams that qualified for the national tournament for a top 10 finish.
“I was extremely impressed with the resiliency of our team, overcoming adverse conditions, physically and on the course, to finish strong in the tournament” said NIC Athletics Director Al Williams. “The ladies truly competing as a team to reach their goal of a top 10 finish.”
Overall, 37 schools were represented at the tournament. Claiming their sixth national championship in school history, Daytona State (Fla.) held off Redlands CC (Okla.) to win the 2013 title. Redlands sophomore Sarah Schober won her second consecutive individual crown with a two-over-par 290.