Simi Valley, Calif. / Royal
Carleton star sophomore Shannon Holden (Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) picked up right where she left off after a brilliant rookie campaign with a tremendous performance in her 2014-15 debut. Holden tied for second - just a shot off medalist honors - in the 88-player field at the UW-Eau Claire (Wis.) Georgianni Memorial Invitational while leading the Knights to a convincing team victory. For her performance, Holden was named the first MIAC Women's Golf Athlete-of-the-Week of the 2014-15 season.
Holden was one of just three players to break 80 both days at the 36-hole tournament, as she carded a 77 over the first 18 holes and a 78 on day two to tie for second with her total score of 155, just one shot behind medalist Rochelle Beardsley of Wartburg. Holden erased a five-shot deficit after the first day, and tied for the top MIAC performance at the event. She helped Carleton claim a convincing 23-shot victory with a two-day score of 628, which is even more remarkable considering the Knights trailed by three shots after the first 18 holes. Holden's sophomore season started with more honors, as she was the 2013 MIAC Championships medalist and the MIAC Rookie-of-the-Year in 2013-14.
Carleton and its sophomore star hope to continue their early-season success with a trip to Iowa next up on the schedule. The Knights will head to Waverly, Iowa, to play in the two-day, 36-hole Wartburg Invitational Saturday and Sunday at Centennial Oaks Golf Club. Both rounds tee off at 8 a.m., and will be Carleton's final regular-season road tournament of the fall, as they'll host events each of the following two weekends.