Kent State women’s golf continues their consistency


Then-junior Michaela Finn hits from the 12th hole during the Mid-American Conference Women’s Golf Championship at Silver Lake Country Club on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Finn placed first and won the individual MAC title. Kent State won its 19th consecutive title. 

Maddie Dolin

The Kent State women’s golf team shot three of the four best rounds in school history but finished second to Purdue at the Illini Invitational at Medinah Tuesday.

Junior Karoline Stormo and senior Michaela Finn tied for first place individually.

Kent State was four strokes out of first at 23-under-par with a score of 841, the first time it had finished out of first place this season. Earlier they had won the Branch Law Firm/ Dick McGuire Invitational and the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate tournament. 

The Flashes’ first-round 277 was the second-lowest round in team history. The Flashes’ third-round 278 was the third lowest round, and their second-round 286 was the fourth best Kent State score ever.

“I feel really proud of the whole team and the way they played,” coach Greg Robertson said.  “Purdue played just a little bit better than us, but we played really solid and continued a great fall season. I don’t think we could have done anything differently.

“We just got beat by a really good team this week, but on a different day or different course, it may have been a different outcome.”

Stormo and Finn shot 207, nine-under-par. 

“From start to finish the girls both had it and didn’t let it up,” Robertson said. “It was good to see them both get their individual win of the fall season.”

Junior Pimnipa Panthong and sophomore Kory Nielsen tied for 20th with 215, and junior Marissa Kirkwood tied for 50th with 221.

“We just need to continue to practice patience on the golf course,” Robertson said.  “We got impatient and forced things rather than just letting it all happen. I think in the next week we will talk about those things and we will make little improvements before our next and last meet in Texas. We are playing well but we want to be seeing lower scores so it is easy to get ahead of ourselves.”

The women’s next tournament is Oct. 19-21, at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas.