womens golf

Augustana women’s golf won the Upper Iowa Invite in Moravia, Iowa, last weekend with a team personal best. The team shot a 293 on Saturday and 296 on Sunday to take first place at 589, an Augustana tournament record.

Senior Emily Kvidera was named the NSIC Women’s Golfer of the Week for the fifth time this season after taking first place at the invite. Kvidera shot a one-under-par 143 in the 36-hole tournament, and her 71-72 score is the lowest score by an individual at Augustana.

“I truly have been blessed with the ability to golf and it’s an honor to continually represent Augustana,” Kvidera said.

In the Upper Iowa Invite, junior Allie Ostrander and freshman Jennifer Pederson both finished at 148. Freshman Marisa Toivonen shot a 151, while Maggie Leland finished with a 161.

“It was nice for everyone to play well and for us to break tournament records for Augie,” Leland said. “There was good competition.”

The Vikings have had a tough spring for practices because of the continued winter weather. They were set to host the Augustana Invite this weekend in Sioux Falls, but it has been canceled due to the current weather conditions.

“It has been a crazy spring, and we have hit balls outside only twice,” head coach Peggy Kirby said. “We have the indoor practice area, but it’s not the same as watching where the ball goes outside.”

Augustana women’s golf is now preparing to compete at the NSIC Championships on April 20-21 in Morton, Minn.

“We are finally playing good golf and are looking forward to conference and regionals,” Leland said.

Kvidera said the team has high goals for rounds three and four of conference.

“We played our hearts out last fall and have a 50 stroke lead,” Kvidera said. “Our goal is to continue to play our best.”

Kirby said the Upper Iowa performance helps with confidence.

“It really helps coming off a big win in Iowa and the girls have some confidence going into conference,” Kirby said.