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Coming off the best season in team history, the women’s golf team will be taking the tee Saturday and Sunday aiming to end its season the same way it started it – with a tournament championship. In its first tournament of the spring, Muhlenberg captured the Dickinson Invitational, for its first regular-season tournament championship ever. The Mules shot a school-record 375 that day, 49 strokes better than the previous team record of 424. Senior Kristen Bruschi and sophomore Laura Fazio finished tied for second at Dickinson, and sophomore Kristen Amore tied for fourth.

“We have had a great season as a team,” said junior Keiko
Weston Happ
Happ also shot a 78 in the fall at the Blue Jay Classic.
. “A lot of people have shot all-time personal lows and everybody stepped up. Everyone practiced a lot and it has really showed.”

Bruschi, Muhlenberg’s top finisher at the CC Championships each of the last two years, shot a career-best 87 to finish one stroke off the lead at the Ursinus Invitational. Yoshida and sophomore Lindsay Scott also had career-best performances.

The Mules have finished ahead of two teams that are in the field this weekend (Dickinson and Franklin & Marshall) and right behind Gettysburg in tournaments this spring. McDaniel is the three-time defending champion and is ranked 19th in Division III.

“McDaniel is a great team and they may be tough to catch, but we should have a good battle with Gettsyburg,” said Yoshida. “We should be close with them.” Muhlenberg’s stroke average of 415 is the third lowest among CC teams.

The Mule men take the course Saturday through Monday, hoping for a second straight conference title.

Muhlenberg’s top team and individual finish of the year was at its own Muhlenberg Fall Invitational. Muhlenberg placed second out of 11 teams, and sophomore Brian Ruht came in third, one stroke off the lead.

“We’ve definitely been up and down throughout the year,” said junior Brian Farrelly. “But, there have been some good signs lately.”

Junior Chris Walach was the Mules’ top golfer this spring. He shot a 74 to come in fourth place at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational. Walach’s 80.14 stroke average for the year is ninth-best among CC golfers.

Seniors Weston Happ and Matthew Schoenfeld also had rounds in the 70s. Happ shot a 78, and Schoenfeld a 79, at the Moravian Spring Invitational. Schoenfeld and Farrelly finished in the top 10 at the Centennial Conference championships a year ago.

“The fact that we were successful last year gives us confidence that we will be right there again this year,” said Farrelly, who tied for second with a three-round score of 231 at last year’s championships when Muhlenberg topped Franklin & Marshall and Gettysburg by five strokes to win its fourth CC crown. “The other tournaments we have competed in do count, but this is the one that really matters.”

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Last updated April 28, 2005