NEKOOSA, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – After three rounds of competition at the 2013 WIAC Championship, the UW-Eau Claire women's golf team won the title, securing the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship that will be conducted May 13-16, 2014, in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
The Blugolds held a six-stroke advantage over UW-Stout entering the final round and finished three strokes better than the Blue Devils on the final 18 holes to post a nine-shot victory. Eau Claire won its ninth WIAC championship in program history and fourth in the last five seasons with 999 strokes. UW-Stout had 1,008 strokes to take second, while UW-Whitewater placed third with 1,043.
Individually, Kate Engler (Jr.-Beloit, Wis./F.J. Turner) secured medalist honors with 231 strokes to exceed the second-place sum of 240 strokes by UW-Stout's Brittany McNett-Emmerich - the defending conference champion. The Blugolds have had nine individuals combine to win 11 medalist trophies.
The Blugolds had two other golfers finish in the top 12.
At the conclusion of the championship, an All-Sportsmanship Team was chosen for individuals who displayed exemplary sportsmanship throughout the season. Selected from Eau Claire was Samantha Dvorsak (Jr.-Corcoran, Minn./Rockford), who finished 35th with 283 strokes.
The WIAC Championship marks the conclusion of the fall season for the Blugolds. They will be back in action in the spring.