Updated: May 06, 2021 07:04 PM
Created: May 06, 2021 06:51 PM
Over the weekend both the College of St. Scholastica (CSS) women's golf team and the University of Wisconsin Superior (UWS) men's golf team each clinched a trip to nationals.
Golfing to the lowest score in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference's (UMAC) NCAA era (1035, +171), the Saints shot their way to their fifth straight conference title.
After last season's tournament was cancelled they're now prepping to return to the NCAA championships for the first time under head coach Rachel Gray.
"We're so excited, we couldn't be more excited about it," Gray said during practice Thursday at Enger Park Golf Course. "The entire season we just kept thinking, will we have a chance? Will something happen? You know we got our hopes up so much last year and everything kind of crumbled around us so it was hard to, we didn't want to get too far ahead of ourselves this year, so year super exciting."
The Saints will tee off May 11th-14th at Forest Acres Golf Club in Lansing, Michigan.
During that same time frame UWS will tee off in the Division III men's national tournament.
Riding their third straight UMAC title, the Yellowjackts hope experience from previous NCAA appearances will help them find success.
"We have two guys that were in Kentucky with us two years ago and so for them I think it's, you know, less about nerves and more about going out and playing golf," said UWS head coach Paul Eberhardt about seniors Joey Cummings and Ryan Peterson.
"Where the other three, we'll see what happens when we get out on the practice round on Sunday.
UWS departs Friday for their tournament in Wheeling, West Virginia.
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