Women’s Golf Wins Unprecedented 10th Straight GLVC title

WATERLOO, Ill.—Battling long days and windy conditions this week, the UIndy Women’s Golf Team Sunday captured the 2022 GLVC Championships with a clutch 2-0-3 win against Missouri-St. Louis in the medal / match play final.

UIndy has now won each of the last 10 GLVC Women’s golf titles, with the canceled 2020 Championships the only break in its perfect run since 2012. The Hounds also have 12 of the last 13 league crowns and own a GLVC-high 15 titles overall. Eight of those Championships came at Annbriar Golf Club in Waterloo, Ill., The site of this year’s tournament.

“We needed this one,” admitted Head Coach Brent Nicoson. “We’ve been through some adversity this spring and our group never gave in. They kept playing so hard and I couldn’t be more proud of their effort.”

 

In one of the most epic finishes in GLVC Championships history, UIndy got points from Katelyn Skinner and medalist Catharina Graf, who won their pairings by two strokes and seven strokes, respectively. But the story of the final came from the middle of the Greyhound lineup, as Ellen Caton, Anci Dy and Elyse Stasil all erased deficits on the 18th and final hole to halve their matches and help deny the tritons a repeat title.

“Cathi was our rock this week,” said Nicoson, “and we needed her leadership. However, this was a total team effort.

“Katelyn got out early and got us on the board, and the matches that got flipped on No. 18 by Ellen, Elyse, and Anci were so clutch, and that was an example of why you keep playing hard until the last shot is holed “

Making their GLVC final debut as true freshmen, Caton and Dy both overcame multiple-shot deficits to help the Hounds there it. Caton was down four with just two to play, but the St. Andrews, Scotland product parred the par-3 17th and birdied the par-5 18th to halve her match.

One pairing later, Dy pulled off an unbelievable shot at 18 the bad of her pairing as well. Down three strokes as she stepped onto the 18 tee box in the Traverse City, Mich., Native needed to make something happen. Her second shot landed in a green-side bunker, but she would hole out from there to mark the biggest shot of her young college career.

“Anci holing out from a bunker and making an eagle when she knew she had to be just an incredible moment for the team,” Nicoson stated.

Finally, Stasil sank her par punt at 18 before watching her opponent bogey, all but clinching it as Graf successfully shepherded her big lead, one she largely built on the front nine, all the way to the finish.

SATURDAY
The Greyhounds wrapped up another long day at the 2022 GLVC Championships Saturday, playing 36 holes for the second day in a row. In the morning, the Hounds put together a solid final round of stroke play to advance to a medal / match play portion, then authored a semifinal win versus a fourth-seeded Drury in the afternoon to punch their ticket to Sunday’s final.

Missouri-St. Louis will join the Hounds in Sunday’s final, as they defeated No. 2 seed Lindenwood, 3-1-1, in their half of the bracket.

Graf GLVC medalistFour Greyhounds ended the 54 holes of stroke play in the top 10, with three earning All-GLVC Accolades as top-five finishers. Junior Catharina Graf (+7) topped them all, securing conference medalist honors by five strokes. The Frankfort, Germany native became the ninth Greyhound to earn medalist or co-medalist honors at the conference Championships.

Anci Dy (+15) and Elyse Stasil (+18) also garnered all-league recognition, placing third and fourth, respectively. Both Graf and Dy are first-time All-GLVC honorees while Stasil is a repeat offender. Additionally, UIndy has now placed three or more individuals on the all-conference team in each of the last 11 years.

Junior Katelyn Skinner (+24) earned Sole possession of 10th place, while freshman Ellen Caton (+37) shared 27th.

SEMIFINAL RESULTS
Three Greyhounds came away with wins in the semifinal pairings. Skinner earned the biggest Victory, winning her match by nine strokes, 77-86. Dy notched a point, outshooting her opponent 81-85, while Graf outlasted her opponent 76-77.
 

GLVC semifinal results

FRIDAY
The Greyhounds kicked off their conference title defense with a solid opening day. Topping the Leaderboard after 36 holes, the Hounds (+44) look to remain in a top-four spot after Saturday morning’s final round of stroke play to advance the medal / match play semifinals, now moved to Saturday afternoon / evening.

With four of the five Greyhounds making their conference Championship debut, UIndy built a 15-stroke lead through 36 holes, passing and pulling away from second-place UMSL with a second-round team score of 306 – the lowest single-round score of the tournament thus far.

Four Hounds are currently in the top six, including the leader Catharina Graf at +5. Graf carded scores of 74-75 Friday to the top of the field by three strokes.

Senior Elyse Stasil, the only Greyhound with GLVC Championships experience, sits in third place at +10. Stasil, who eagled the par-4, 361-yard 10th in the second round, is looking to stay in the top five and earn her second straight All-GLVC nod.

Freshman Anci Dy (+14) and junior Katelyn Skinner (+15) sit at fifth and sixth, respectively, while freshman Ellen Caton (+24) is tied for 23rd.

Hannas Wrecker

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