MIAC Men's Golf Athlete-of-the-Week
Andrew Krasaway, Gustavus
Hermantown, Minn. / Hermantown
The Gustavus men's golf team spent the first three days of April in Camp LeJeune, N.C., to compete in the prestigious Camp LeJeune Gold Championship, which included many of the top teams in NCAA Division III. The Gusties - and especially senior Andrew Krasaway (Hermantown, Minn.) - certainly rose to the occasion, as the Gusties finished fifth out of 13 teams, led by Krasaway's 12th-place individual finish, as he shot 72 or better in each of the final two rounds. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Krasaway Wednesday with the first MIAC Men's Golf Athlete-of-the-Week award of the spring 2016 season.
Krasaway opened the tournament with a 4-over-par 76, but it turned out the Gustie senior was just getting warmed up. He fired a 1-over-par 71 during the second round, and closed with an impressive even-par round of 72 on the third and final day. His third-round 72 was the second-best round of the day and even more impressive on a day with awful conditions, including wind, rain and standing water. His three-day total of 219 (5-over-par) was good for a tie for 12th place in the 65-player field. Gustavus carded a score of 879 as a team (298-279-302) and finished behind only No. 1-ranked Methodist, No. 2-ranked Oglethorpe and nationally-ranked Greensboro and Virginia Wesleyan.
After the strong showing against some of the nation's best in North Carolina, Krasaway and company return to Minnesota for the remainder of their spring schedule. The team will head to Becker, Minn., on Friday and Saturday to compete in the two-day, 36-hole, Augsburg Invitational. After that, Gustavus will host the Bobby Krig Invitational on April 17-18 in Jordan and Le Sueur, Minn.
MIAC Women's Golf Athlete-of-the-Week
Ziyi Wang, Carleton
Beijing City, China / Lighthouse Christian Academy
The Carleton women's golf team was one of the five top-15-ranked teams in the 12-team field at the prestigious Washington University Spring Invitational in Clayton, Mo., and both the Knights and talented rookie Ziyi Wang (Beijing City, China / Lighthouse Christian Academy) made quite a statement. Carleton, ranked 12th in the nation, finished in a tie for second place behind Wang, who finished third individually in the competitive, 70-golfer field. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Wang Wednesday with the first MIAC Women's Golf Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2016 spring season.
Despite playing in difficult, windy conditions on both days, Wang rose to the occasion and shot 15-over-par (155) over the 36-hole tournament to earn her third-place finish and a spot on the All-Tournament Team. She carded an 87 on the first day, then cut 10 strokes off her second day score to finish strong with a 77. Carleton carded a score of 645 (333-312) as a team to share second place with fourth-ranked Sewanee, with only No. 2 Rhodes (613) turning in a better score. No. 15 St. Catherine (665) and No. 13 Washington University (666) rounded out the exceptional top five. This was Wang's fourth top-five finish this season, and she's been in the top 10 in six of her seven tournament appearances.
The Carleton women's golf team has now finished either first or second in all seven of its tournament appearances in 2015-16, with two wins and five runner-up finishes. The Knights will take the coming weekend off, then will aim to keep their strong season going when they travel to Waverly, Iowa, to compete in the Wartburg Spring Invitational at Prairie Links Golf Course on April 16 and 17.