"It was a great opportunity to host in Kansas City and show the community what UMKC women’s golf is about,” Head Coach Brianna Broderick said. “I know the girls enjoyed having a home event and having their parents come up and support them.”
The ‘Roos, who entered the third round in fourth place, fired the low score of the final round and quickly climbed to third where they finished with at 929 (311-308-310).
“This year, starting rounds has been a struggle, but the ladies got off to a great start this morning, which I was very excited about and proud of,” Broderick added. “As the round progressed we continued to fight for what we wanted, which was to move up into the standings.”
Sophomore Susan Kirschenman led the ‘Roos in the event, finishing fifth at +13, with back-to-back birdies on the par three third and par four sixth, the second and third holes of her round.
“I just want to keep putting in good scores to keep pushing the team forward,” Kirschenman added. “I just try to keep doing the work that is needed and stay positive. I try to keep my mistakes to a minimum and capitalize on the birdies opportunities that I have.”
Taylor Fisher was the second ‘Roo to finish in the top five, coming in ninth at +16, while Emily Isaacson tied for 10th after settling for an eagle on the par five ninth, narrowly missing a double eagle.
“My shot hit a tree and I really couldn’t tell how close it was,” Isaacson said of her eagle. “When I got closer, though, I saw how close it was to the hole. It was exciting, but I tried to stay as calm as possible. Everyone played pretty well; we can definitely build off this and keep our momentum going into The Summit League Championship.”
Sophomore Abbie Horan, meanwhile, rounded out the Kansas City lineup in a tie for 26th.
Summit League rival North Dakota State took home the team title by four shots over Oklahoma City, while Bison linksters Amy Anderson edged the Star’s Jessica Schiele for the individual title by two shots.
“The ladies represented the program in a very positive light this week,” Broderick said. “We have a lot of work to do over the next two weeks but this is a good start to help propel us to our championship in two weeks.”
The Blue & Gold will be back in action again in two weeks when they head to Keller, Texas, to take part in The Summit League Championship on Apr. 22-24 at the Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club.