The Lady Statesmen golf team opened their spring season with a first place finish at their own Iowa Intercollegiate championships this past weekend.
Along with a first place trophy, records were also broken. The team set a 36 hole tournament score record of 650 (325-325). The new record destroyed the old record set by the team in the fall by 11 strokes.
Freshman, Maggie Yang also broke a few records of her own. Besides taking first place medalist honors, Yang set new records for 18 and 36 hole individual scores. The old 18-hold mark, previously set by teammate, Dena Stevens was 76. Yang tied Steven’s individual score on the first day, and broke it on the second day with a (76-75) two-day total of 151 which shattered her own 36-hole record of 157.
“I am so proud of this group,” said head coach, Nik Rule.” They are united and embrace being a part of a team which I think makes for more success.”
“Records are meant to be broken,” said Yang. “I believe we have so much more we can accomplish.”
Two other Lady Statesmen Linksters received medalist honors in the tournament. Junior, Courtney Kronmuller finished in 5th place with a score of 165 (85-80) while sophomore, Mayci Rule took 4th with a score of 164 (82-82).
“I told them after the ceremony to not take success for granted. Tomorrow, we will look forward to the next task on hand.”
Next weekend, Penn has the weekend off, but will put their time off to good use. The Lady Statesmen will volunteer with Oskaloosa’s Special Olympics that will be held in the PAC next Saturday.
“It’s such a great opportunity to just help out,” said Kronmuller. “We helped out last year. Those that are participating always touch my life in the simplest way and I leave feeling humbled and blessed for everything I have.
Penn’s next tournament will be in Riverside, Iowa at Blue Top Ridge Golf Course. They will compete in the Ashford Spring Invitational on April 6-7th. The tournament will be a peak at what’s to expect at the 2012 MCC Championships because they will also be held at Blue Top.