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Women's Golf Battles Through Tough Spring Weather to Fulfill Solid Season

With three of its top four scorers returning for the 2006-07 season, Oaklandís womenís golf team was optimistic that it good turn in another strong season and challenge for the Mid-Continent Conference championship. When all was said and done, the Golden Grizzlies did indeed turn in another impressive season of golf despite the mostly terrible conditions that the team had to play in during the spring. At the conference championships the team capped off its season as it had the year before, coming home with the second-place trophy and a pair of all-conference awards.

Oakland opened the season at the Cardinal Classic where, on the second day, the team saw its scores improve as it moved up one spot in the final standings of the event. The Golden Grizzlies had four golfers finish with rounds at 79 or below, helping OU to a fourth-place finish in the 18-team tournament, tying with Western Michigan with a score of 620. Oaklandís final round of 308 was the second best outing of and of the teams. Junior Jenna Goulet (Forest, Ontario) had a top-10 finish for OU, tying for eighth overall with a 153 (75-78).

Senior Stacey Goins led Oakland with an 80.32 stroke average in 2006-07, the fifth-best mark in the MId-Con.

Shaking off a poor second round, the Golden Grizzlies rebounded with the best overall round of any team at the Butler Fall Invitational on the final day to pull back into a tie for third in the final standings. Oakland shot a 311 in the final round, tying with Detroit and Eastern Illinois with a total score of 955. Senior Stacey Goins (Rochester Hills, Mich.) led the way for OU with a fifth-place finish in the final standings.

Senior Christina Cibrario (Milford, Mich.) won her second individual career title in Oaklandís next outing, capturing the championship in a three-way, four-hole playoff at the Detroit Titans Invitational. Her win was part of an Oakland team effort that saw four Golden Grizzlies finish in the top-10 as OU swept to the team title as well. Oakland finished with a team score of 645 in the 36-hole event at the Western Golf Club after its final round of 323, besting the host Detroit Titans by 10 strokes. Cibrario also picked up Oaklandís first Mid-Con Golfer of the Week award for her play.

For a second week in a row an Oakland womenís golfer claimed top honors at a tournament as well as Mid-Con Golfer of the Week honors when freshman Austin McDermaid (Grand Blanc, Mich.) claimed the top spot at the rain-shortened IPFW Fall Classic. Her round of 69 was the lowest by an OU player since the schoolís move to Division I and matched the lowest this season by any player in the Mid-Con. Her effort helped Oakland to a second-place finish in the team standings with a score of 310, just two shots behind Bradley.

Starting off its spring season on the road in Indiana, the team posted a strong start to the second half of its season with a third-place finish at the Butler Spring Invitational. The Golden Grizzlies placed five individuals among the top-19 in the final standings, with its 36-hole total of 654 just four shots behind second-place IPFW. Cibrario and sophomores Nikki Swan (Tipp City, Ohio) and Kelly Wilke (Sandusky, Ohio) all tied for the low OU score with 164s.

Playing at the Hueston Woods Golf Club at the Cincinnati Spring Invitational, OU found itself in fourth-place after rain shortened the event to just one round. The Golden Grizzles came up with a score of 326 for its fourth-place standing, 13 shots behind leader Detroit. McDermaid cracked the top-10 on the leader board for the second time to date with her team-best round of 79. She also earned her second golfer of the week award from the Mid-Con for her play.

For a second straight tournament cold and wind plagued the golfers as Oakland battled the elements at the Eastern Kentucky Spring Invitational. The weather had an effect on the OU scores as it shot identical rounds of 333 that left the Golden Grizzlies eighth in the 12-team field. Goins had the best score for Oakland in each round, shooting a pair of 78s to finish fourth overall.

With the return of better weather Oakland saw its scores drop as the Golden Grizzlies wrapped up play at the Falcon Invitational with its best 18 holes of the tournament, a 324. It was enough to keep OU in fourth-place in the final team standings with a final tally of 1,018 (345-349-324). Oakland finished with three of its team members claiming top-20 finishes, including Goins who recorded OUís only sub-80 round of the tournament with a 78 in the final round.

Sitting third entering the final round at the Mid-Continent Conference Golf Championships, Oakland finished strong with a final round of 316 that enabled the Golden Grizzlies to move past Centenary and claim second-place in the final standings, matching the teamís best-ever finish at the championships. Oakland place all five of its golfers in the top-20, led by top-10 finishes by Goulet and Swan who each earned second team All-Mid-Con honors with their performances.

Goins wrapped up her final season at Oakland by leading the team in stroke average with an 80.32, a mark that was fifth in the final Mid-Con rankings. McDermaid was impressive in her first season with the Golden Grizzlies, finishing second on the squad with her 81.63 stroke average while claiming one individual title among her three top-10 finishes.

Cibrario and Goulet again ranked among the top four on the team in scoring, averaging 82.00 and 82.11 respectively and nine top-10 finishes between them. Swan and Wilke each showed that they are ready to step up and take on larger roles with the team in the future. Both averaged just over 82 for their stroke averages as well as claiming top-20 finishes.