Women’s golf surges to second at MVC



The UNI women’s golf team surged from sixth to second place on the final day of the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Golf Championships held in Newton, Kansas.

DYLAN PADY, Sports Editor | [email protected]

The UNI women’s golf team finished the 2018 portion of their season strong, finishing second place at their last three meets and, before the Bradley Spring Invitational was cancelled in March due to weather, taking first place at the ORU/SFA Spring Break Shootout in Trophy Club, Texas.

Their first-place finish featured an impressive team score of 922. Second place, belonging to UT-Arlington, trailed behind the Panthers with a team score of 94.

Maddie Bertsch and Sydney Eaton defeated Illinois-Chicago and Green Bay when they competed in Macomb, Illinois.

They took second place, only falling to a single team of two from Western Illinois.

The Panthers took second place again as a team in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Freshman Emily Snelling took first place with a final score of 147 and became the first female golfer at UNI to take first place since Paige Van Dyk on Oct. 12, 2015.

Finally, in Newton, Kansas, the Panthers took second place at the MVC Tournament earlier this week after going into the final day in sixth place. The Panthers surged into second place to be named MVC runner-up.

As a whole, UNI has only earned second place in MVC history five times: 1983, 1985, 1986, 2002 and 2018.

Bertsch finished three under par and one away from her season low of 68. Van Dyk finished her UNI golf career with an even par-72. Two double bogeys hurt her score, but she focused in and recovered.

The UNI women’s golf team will begin their next regular season in September 2018.