Five Lakers qualify for national tourney
ANKENY - The Iowa Lakes Community College women's golf program will be sending five individuals to the NJCAA National Championship from the Region XI touanent that concluded Saturday at Otter Creek Golf Club.
Sophomores Annika DuMoulin and Molly Diekmann advanced, as well as freshmen Abby Stender, Alexia Kemper and Erin Baum. The Lakers finished second in the team standings.
"I could not be any more proud of these girls," said Iowa Lakes coach Jarvis Weber. "They had all set lofty goals at the beginning of the season to make it to nationals, and with hard work and determination, they achieved those goals today and I could not be happier for all of them."
The Lakers would post a third round total of 354 and a shortened fourth round four total of 187 for a final score of 1205. Iowa Western won it with 1150.
Abby Stender and Alexia Kemper tied for sixth at 300. Stender shot rounds of 91, 80, 83 and 46, while Kemper went 85-79-89-47.
Annika DuMoulin was eighth (86-77-93-47 - 303), Molly Diekmann 12th (85-86-89-48 - 308) and Erin Baum placed 14th (86-87-95-47 - 315).
"The girls showed a lot of heart and grit this weekend," said Weber. "They didn't have there best game, but they grinded it out and did just enough to secure their spots. I was very proud of the way they regained their focus and fought for ever stroke, and it ended up being the difference in the end. I have truly enjoyed coaching this team this season, and capping it all off with everybody going down to nationals is a very fitting way to end what has been a fantastic season."
The national tournament is May 12-16 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida.
ILCC golfers qualifying for the NJCJAA tournament are (from left) Molly
Diekmann, Erin Baum, Abby Stender, Alexia Kemper and Annika DuMoulin.