TOPEKA — The Ottawa University women’s golf won its second straight tournament Tuesday at the Haskell Invitational at Firekeeper Golf Course. This is the first time in program history that the women’s golf team won back-to-back tournaments.
“Winning at a tough course like Firekeeper in miserable weather conditions says a lot about our resolve,” Ottawa coach Wendell Smith said.
Erin Shriver led the Lady Braves with a second-place finish with a 165.
“It ended up becoming a duel with Kansas Wesleyan, but like any other sport, you go out and try to win the games on your schedule,” Smith said.
“Our individual and team scores were a bit higher this week, but that’s attributable to the course and conditions.
“I know our team is far from satisfied with that performance even though we won.”
The men finished eighth with a 689.
“We clearly have work to do in the next two weeks before we play the KCAC Championship at Firekeeper,” Smith said. “The guys have played two tournaments there this year, so we should know the course well. Right now it is going to be a test of our focus and determination to play our best.”
The Braves were led by Gabe Vlasic’s 169 for 31st. Chris Douglas tied for 34th with a 171. Tyler Kopatich finished 39th with a 173. Connor Gallentine tied for 44th with a 181.
“It was refreshing to see Gabe go back out on the practice green and get some work in while we were waiting on results,” Smith said. “Gabe has good work ethic, and will be a leader for our team the next few years.”
The men play April 28 through April 30 in the KCAC Championships in Topeka.
The women play Sunday through Tuesday in the Oklahoma City regional.