WABASH, Ind. -- The Indiana Wesleyan University women's golf team earned their second consecutive tournament win and third straight medalist honor on Saturday at the Manchester Invitational.
Today's tournament was the largest this season for the Wildcats with 10 total teams. Indiana Wesleyan finished at 356 to edge Hope (Mich.) by one stroke and Hanover (Ind.) by two strokes at the Honeywell Golf Course in Wabash, Indiana.
"The girls gave me the greatest birthday wish a coach could get…a big win today," said Indiana Wesleyan head coach Julie Wagner. "This was by far our biggest victory having 10 teams represented and pulling off the win is just monumental for the all-freshman team. With nine teams represented, I expected us to finish somewhere in the middle of the pack. But the tough Honeywell Golf Course got the best of many of the teams."
For the third straight tournament to open the inaugural season the Wildcats boasted the low medalist. And for the third straight tournament it was a different Wildcat to win. Brittney Brooks was the winner today as she handed in a low card of 80.
"I'm so proud of Brittney," said Wagner. "I have known for a long time this is the kind of golf she is capable of playing and today she showed me just how much game she has."
Rounding out the team for Indiana Wesleyan were Jessica Meloche at 86, Jessica Pegg at 91 (including two birdies), Megan Young at 99, and Carli Lauer at 105.
"We are not playing great golf yet, but we seem to score well enough to be in contention so far in our matches," continued Wagner. "Teams such as ours winning matches with 356 are not normal. We will be playing and seeing teams in the 330's very soon. We still have some really though matches to get through with some ranked teams. I want the ladies to enjoy the wins, but understand it is not common to win two straight invitationals."
The Wildcats next match is at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 20 at Wildcat Creek Golf Course in Kokomo, Indiana. They will host Taylor (Ind.) in a crosstown match.