ROCHESTER, Mich. – Coming off its first league championship and NCAA regional appearance in program history, the Oakland women’s golf team has continued solid play in to the summer months.
“So far we are off to a good start this summer,” said head coach Alyssa Gaudio. “Whether in Michigan or overseas, everyone has been working hard in their local tournaments. Within the state of Michigan, it was great to have four of our players play in the Golf Association of Michigan Women's Championship (GAM) and to have our soon to be senior, Morgan Smith, finish runner up.”
Incoming freshman, Karsen Johnston carded a 4-over-par 76 to win the Mallon Cup Challenge in Grand Blanc, Mich. She won the tournament by one stroke on the day of her 18th birthday.
Smith, an All-Horizon League Second Team selection, tied for first place at the GAM Women’s Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich., shooting a two-day score of 148 and was defeated in a one-hole playoff to place runner-up. Her second round score of 73 was tied for best of the day.
Maddelyn Zack, who finished tied for 10th at the Horizon League Championship, competed in the Southern California Women's Championship shooting a one-day score of 77. She also competed in the San Diego City Amateur Championship placing tied for fourth by shooting a three-day score of 236 (+20).
Kylee Sullivan, who played in four tournaments last season, competed in the Colorado Women’s Golf Association Match Play Championship in Englewood , Colo., defeating her first match competitor 2 and 1 shooting a 74.
Fiona Schmidt, who placed sixth at the 2016 Horizon League Championship, competed in one day stroke play events for the German Golf League for Women shooting 77, 81 and 74 in three events.
Gaudio had success of her own as she won the McHenry Women's Invitational in McHenry, Ill for the third consecutive year, shooting an even-par 144 for a 10-stroke victory. With the win, she becomes the first golfer to win the tournament three straight years.