MARQUETTE, Mich. -- The Northern Michigan University Women's Golf Team continued to show their growth as they ended the 2017-18 season with more honors, a school record and an improved showing at the NCAA Super Regional.
The season was highlighted by a return to the NCAA Super Regionals where the Wildcats improved to a seventh-place finish, improving on last year's eighth place. They also finished second at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships and posted a school record score of 297 on the second day of the NC4K College Classic. The score marks the first round score under 300 for the program.
Junior Karissa Guthrie (Pierre, S.D./T.F. Riggs) gave the women's program their first-ever All-GLIAC First Team selection. Senior Avery Rochester (Marquette, Mich.), junior Haley Hewer (Penticton, B.C./Secondary), and sophomore Caro Els (Swakopmund, Namibia/Pro-Ed Academy) were each named to the All-GLIAC Second Team.
Guthrie posted an average score of 77.8 on the season and won the Bulldog Invite to open the year. She also took second at the GLIAC Championships along with third place at the NC4K College Classic and fourth at the Saginaw Valley State University Invitational.
Rochester finished with an average 79.75 per round and took second at the NC4K and third at the Snowflake Open. Els averaged 78.25 per round with a fourth place at the GLIAC Championships. She posted two third places on the season, at the Kohler College Classic and the GLIAC vs. GMAC Challenge and a sixth place at the Snowflake Open.
Hewer averaged rounds of 78.4 and took fifth at the GLIAC's. Her best finish came at the Gilda's Club Laker Fall Invitational where she captured second. She also claimed top ten finishes at the GLIAC vs. GMAC Challenge and the NC4K Classic by finishing seventh in both.
Juniors Alyce Krumm (Plymouth, Mich./Canton), Baylee Dunmire (Palmdale, Calif./Highland), and Lillian Torres (Pleasant Prairie, Wis./Tremper) aided the team's event by providing quality rounds throughout the season.
With the team expected to return a bulk of their lineup next season, the team can look to build on this season's success and reach new heights in the years to come.