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PATRICK HANSEN, Sports Writer

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The UNI men’s and women’s golf teams have officially finished their regular season play for the fall.

The women’s team had two big meets to cap off regular season play as they competed in the Diane Thomason Invitational in Iowa City on Saturday, Sept. 29, and the Creighton Classic on Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Omaha, Nebraska.

The women’s team took third-place overall in the Diane Thomason Invitational at Iowa City’s famed Finkbine Golf Course. 

Sophomore Anne Gradoville led the pack for the Panthers, placing fifth and shooting a final score of 230 (+14), followed by Sydney Eaton, who tied for sixth, with  231 (+15). Emily Snelling tied for 13th with 234 (+18), while Hannah Bermel finished with a tie for 23rd at 238 (+22) and Sarah McMichael finished 40th at 246 (+30).

At the Creighton Classic played at Omaha’s Oak Hills Country Club, the Panthers carded three top-five individual finishes in the tournament as they took home the team title, defeating the second-place South Dakota Coyotes by a total of 11 strokes.

Eaton led the Panthers, taking second place individually with a score of 148 (+2), one shot behind first-place. She was followed by Bermel who took third with a score of 149 (+3) and Snelling, who tied for fourth-place with a score of 150 (+4). Gradoville rounded out the five competing Panthers by notching a tenth-place finish with a score 155 score (+9).

For her excellent play at Iowa and Creighton, Eaton was honored with the Missouri Valley Conference’s Golfer of the Week Award.

The women’s team will finish their season at the MVC Preview at the Sand Creek Country Club hosted by Valparaiso from Oct. 13-16 before closing out the fall campaign at the Diamante Country Club in Arkansas from Oct. 27-30.

The men’s team ended their fall season with an 11th-place finish at the Zach Johnson Invitational hosted by Drake University at West Des Moines’ Glen Oaks Country Club on Oct. 2.

Junior Sam Sacquitne grabbed 18th place overall with a score of 222 (-2). He was followed by Alex Pries, who took 30th place with a score of 227 (+2). Carter Stochl tied for 54th shooting three shots over par (+3), while Tommy Doyle and Dominic Schnepf rounded out the end of the Panthers lineup tied for 63rd place.

The men’s team will take a winter break before returning to the golf course in the spring.

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