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Oakland Searches For Consistency In Trying Season

The 2000-01 season was a rebuilding one for the Golden Grizzlies.  Oakland women's golf saw Dave DeWulf take over the program and the team struggled throughout the season.  DeWulf, who has been coaching the men's team for the past decade, took the helm of the womenís program in the fall 2000.  Oakland may have struggled as a team at times throughout the season, there was no apparent shortage of talent. Leading the Golden Grizzlies was junior Connie Apalit (Pittsburg, CA/Pittsburg HS) with a 82.3 average and she was followed by Emily Minnich (Geneva, IN/South Adams HS) who averaged 86.0.

Oakland opened the 2000-01 season at the Windsor Invitational, September 14, 2000, where Apalit was OUís top scorer with a 79 in the one round event.

Next OU hosted its own tournament as Youngstown State team A won the First Annnual Women's Golden Grizzlies Invitational, September 16-17, with a score of 660. Oakland came in fourth place with a score of 725. The Golden Grizzlies Invitational was held on the campus of Oakland University at Katke-Cousins Golf Course.   Ferris State took second place with a 667, while Tri-State placed third with 689. The IUPUI team A finished fifth with a 734, the IUPUI team B took sixth place with a 764 and Youngstown State team B finished in seventh place with a 780. Tri-State's Molly Weissert won the individual title with a 157 and Youngstown State's Lori Hatcher finished second with a 160. Minnich led the Golden Grizzlies with a 164, good for a fifth-place tie.

The Oakland University women's golf team finished sixth at the Lady Falcon Invitational September 23-24. The Golden Grizzlies scored 335 on both Saturday and Sunday and finished sixth out of seven teams. Winning the invitational was Toledo with a score of 629.  Minnich led OU with a 157 and a third-place tie. Apalit finished in a five-way tie for 10th shooting a 160. Jocelyn Fekel (Rochester/Rochester HS) rounded out the top three for OU shooting 168 (t29th).

Oakland then traveled to Clarkville, Tennessee where the women's golf team finished 10th out of 11 teams at the Precept Intercollegiate Golf Tournament held October 9-10. The tourney was held at the par 71, 5,990-yard Clarksville Country Club.  Winning the team title was host Austin Peay State with a two-day total of 638. Tennessee Tech (639) and Mercer (660) followed in second and third places, respectively. The Golden Grizzlies recorded a 356 on the first day of play and followed with a 354 on day two for the two-round total of 710.  Leading the way for OU individually Apalit with a two-round total of 159 (81-78) and an eighth-place finish. Minnich followed in 37th place after shooting 90-89--179.  Rounding off the top four scorers for the Golden Grizzlies was sophomore Jennifer Quinn (Bloomfield Hills/Lahser HS) and Fekel with two-day totals of 183 and 189, respectively. Quinn finished in 44th place, while Fekel finished 50th.

The Golden Grizzlies women's golf team, led by Apalit, finished seventh out of nine teams at the 2000 Eastern Kentucky University Fall Invitational, October 13-14. This concluded OUís fall schedule.  The Golden Grizzlies opened play on Friday, October 13 with a 345 and improved with a 338 on Saturday, October 14 for the 683 team total.  Apalit recorded a season-low 73 in the opening round of play en route her 77 on day two and the fifth-place finish (73-77--150).   Rounding off the top four for the Golden Grizzlies was Minnich in 45th, Fekel in 49th and Quinn in 51st place.  Minnich recorded an 89-86--175, while Fekel posted a two day 92-86--178 and Quinn tallied a 91-89--180.

The Golden Grizzlies opened its spring schedule as they traveled to Allendale, Michigan at the Grand Valley Spring Invitational March 30-April 1. Oakland captured third place as a team and was led individually by Apalit.  The Golden Grizzlies trailed Bowling Green (650) and Ferris State (668) with their two-day total of 698, and finished in front of host Grand Valley (702), Baldwin Wallace (746), Chicago State (898) and Ashland (913).  Apalit claimed a tie for third place individually with a two-round 161 (79-82). She was followed by Fekel in eighth place after shooting 86-85--171. Minnich was OU's third scorer at 176 (82-94) and freshman Alexis Prusac (Grand Blanc), senior Jenny Bishop (Clinton Township) and freshman Kathy Kern-Goodvich (Rochester) rounded off the Oakland players in 27th, 34th and 39th, respectively.

The Oakland University women's golf team finished in a tie for 11th at the Lady Bulldog/Lady Jaguar Spring Invitational April 2-3 as they traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana. The Golden Grizzlies were led by Apalit once again who recorded a two-day 174, good for a 17th-place tie.  Claiming the team title was Butler University with a two-day total of 670 (332-338). Western Kentucky (334-345--679), Xavier (334-349--683), Dayton (341-343--684) and Lindenwood (333-354--687) round off the top five spots.  Butler's Melanie Macleod shot a 16-over par 158 (78-80) for the tournament's medalist honors. OU's Apalit led the Oakland effort with her 174 (93-81) and a tie for 17th place. She was followed by Minnich who finished in a tie for 42nd (87-95--182).    Prusac, Fekel and Bishop complete the scorers for Oakland. Prusac claimed a tie for 46th (89-95--184), while Fekel finished in a tie for 51st (91-96--187) and Bishop claimed a share of 70th (98-104--202).  Also competing for Oakland individually was Goodvich. She finished 77th overall after shooting a two-round 210 (104-106).

OU traveled across the state and finished 12th out of 12 teams at the Bronco Invitational April 8-9. The tournament was hosted by Western Michigan and was held in Portage, Michigan at The Moors Gold Club (par 73, 5936 yards).  The Golden Grizzlies recorded a 372 on the first day of play and improved by 24 strokes (348) on Monday for the two-day total of 720. Eastern Michigan (639), Bowling Green (658) and Western Michigan (662) claimed the top three spots.  Leading the way for Oakland was Minnich who finished in a tie for 37th place. Minnich shot a 91 on Sunday and followed with an 84 Monday for the two-round 175. Junior Apalit followed in 42nd place after shooting 176 (92-84). Fekel , Quinn and junior Laura Cuniffe (Farmington Hills) rounded off the OU golfers for the Bronco Invitational.   Fekel finished in a tie for 56th (92-91--183), Quinn claimed a tie for 62nd (97-89--186) and Cuniffe finished 69th (97-103--200).

The Oakland University women's golf team finished 11th out of 15 teams at the Eastern Kentucky University Lady Colonel Classic April 12-14. Minnich led the Golden Grizzlies as she finished in a tie for 34th.  Oakland recorded a 358 in the first round of play and followed with much improved 336 and 335 rounds. Tennessee Tech won the team title at the EKU Lady Colonel Classic with a three-round 922 (319-304-299). Arkansas State (321-316-308--945) and Murray State (323-315-313--951) followed in second and third places, respectively.  Minnich recorded an 87 in her first round of play and followed with 81 and 82 in rounds two and three for her 34th place finish. Apalit followed for the Golden Grizzlies finishing in a tie for 41st (89-85-79--253).  Fekel, Quinn and Prusac round of the Golden Grizzly squad. Fekel finished in a tie for 57th (93-85-83--261), while Quinn tied for 65th (89-85-91--265) and Prusac tied for 79th (99-91-91--281).  Also competing for Oakland as an individual was Bishop who finished 82nd overall (92-101-92--285).

The Oakland University women's golf team ended the 2000-01 season Tuesday, April 24 at the Mid-Continent Conference Championship in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. OU finished fifth out of five teams. Winning the conference title this year was Oral Roberts.  Oral Roberts claimed the team title after recording 331-322-313--966. Youngstown State, UMKC and IUPUI followed in second, third and fourth places, respectively. OU finished fifth after recording rounds of 352-357-334--1043.  Leading the way for the Golden Grizzlies was Cheryl Tooshkenig (Wallaceburg, Ontario/ Wallaceburg) who finished in a tie for 10th individually (88-84-82--254). Minnich followed for the Golden Grizzlies in 12th place (90-82-86--258), while Fekel and Quinn claimed 19th and 23rd places, respectively. Fekel recorded a 90-96-86--272 and Quinn scored a 106-95-92ó293. Apalit recorded a 84 in her first round of the tournament and was disqualified in the second. Apalit shot a 80 in the final round Tuesday.  Heidi Brown of Oral Roberts won the individual title after shooting 84-78-77--239. All five ORU golfers finished in the top seven.  The Mid-Con Championship wrapped up the 2000-01 season for the Golden Grizzlies.  Tooshkenig was named second team all-Mid-Continent Conference after finishing 10th.