ROCHESTER, Mich. -- The Oakland women’s golf team concluded the 2016-17 season with multiple individual and team improvements including a tournament win at the Fort Wayne Spring Classic. Oakland’s top five players all improved in scoring average from a season ago as did the team by nearly five strokes. The Golden Grizzlies also shot six strokes better at the Horizon League Championship and set two program records at Fort Wayne, setting the 54-hole school record (895/+43) and the lowest team round at 293 (+9)
Kylee Sullivan, became the first Oakland player since 2003 to win multiple tournament titles in the same season after winning at Fort Wayne and the Golden Grizzlies Invitational. Morgan Smith was named Horizon League Player of the Year and earned First-Team All-Horizon League honors after recording six top-five finishes including placing runner-up at the Benbow Invitational. She also ranked second in the league with a stroke average of 76.58. Head coach Alyssa Gaudio was also named coach of the year for the second straight season.
Fiona Schmidt also earned first team honors and was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team after placing fourth at the conference championship. She placed inside the top-10 in eight of nine tournaments finishing runner-up twice. Schmidt concluded the season owning the second-lowest career scoring average in school history (78.87). Karsen Johnston won her first career tournament at the Spring Break Tri-Meet, becoming just the second freshman in the Division I era to win a tournament.