Aurora Wraps Up #NACCwgolf Championship With Record Final Round

Aurora University set a 54-hole championship record with a 1,002 total to win its seventh Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference women's golf crown.
Aurora University set a 54-hole championship record with a 1,002 total to win its seventh Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference women's golf crown.

RACINE, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- Aurora University fired a final-round 328 Sunday at Meadowbrook Country Club to put the wraps on its seventh Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) women's golf crown.


Complete Results


The Spartans, who placed four players in the top six in the medalist standings, finished with a 1,002 total. Aurora's Sunday round reset the 18-hole championship record the Spartans broke in Friday's first round, while the 54-hole total was also a new championship record.

Lakeland University posted its best NACC Championship finish with a runner-up total of 1,143, followed by Benedictine University (1,168) and Concordia University Wisconsin (1,180). Wisconsin Lutheran College (1,309), Marian University (1,395) and Alverno College (1,427) rounded out the team standings. Edgewood College did not qualify for a team score.

Aurora's Kallie Sakamoto captured medalist honors and secured NACC Player of the Year recognition after recording a 20-over-par 239. She fired a 4-over 77 - the low round of the tournament - to go with rounds of 80 and 82 to open the event. Sakamoto was also named NACC Freshman of the Year as the top rookie finisher.

Teammate Becca Hasemann, who entered the day tied with Sakamoto for the individual lead, closed with an 81 to finish second with at 243 (80-82-81). Fellow Spartans Hannah Schulz (84-87-82--253) and Sarah Isaacs (90-89-89--268) finished third and sixth, respectively.

All four Aurora golfers also received All-NACC honors by virtue of the top-10 finishes.

Lakeland's Ali Wilson (fourth, 88-86-88--262) and Colleen Nolan (tie-seventh, 92-89-97--278), Benedictine's Kelly Barker (fifth, 87-92-88--267), Edgewood's Sarah Pophal (tie-seventh, 99-86-93--278) and Concordia Wisconsin's Amy Carpenter (ninth, 96-92-91--279) and Kayla Haen (10th, 99-94-90--283) also received all-conference recognition.

Aurora's Justin Wyeth was voted NACC Coach of the Year by his peers for the fourth time in five years. The conference title also earned the Spartans the NACC's automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship, which will be held May 14-17, 2019 at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.

2018 NACC Women's Championship
Meadowbrook Country Club
Racine, Wis.
Dates: Sept. 28-30, 2018
Par:     73   73   73
Yards: 5846 5826 5834

All-Conference Honorees
Fin. Top 20 teams Scores Total Par 1 Aurora......................... 334 340 328 1002 +126 2 Lakeland....................... 387 375 381 1143 +267 3 Benedictine.................... 388 396 384 1168 +292 4 Concordia Wisconsin............ 400 390 390 1180 +304 5 Wisconsin Lutheran............. 433 445 431 1309 +433 6 Marian......................... 470 462 463 1395 +519 7 Alverno........................ 468 469 490 1427 +551 Fin. Top 20 Players Team Scores Total Par 1 Sakamoto, Kallie..... Aurora......................... 80 82 77 239 +20 2 Hasemann, Becca...... Aurora......................... 80 82 81 243 +24 3 Schulz, Hannah....... Aurora......................... 84 87 82 253 +34 4 Wilson, Ali.......... Lakeland....................... 88 86 88 262 +43 5 Barker, Kelly........ Benedictine.................... 87 92 88 267 +48 6 Isaacs, Sarah........ Aurora......................... 90 89 89 268 +49 t 7 Nolan, Colleen....... Lakeland....................... 92 89 97 278 +59 t 7 Pophal, Sarah........ Edgewood....................... 99 86 93 278 +59 9 Carpenter, Amy....... Concordia Wisconsin............ 96 92 91 279 +60 10 Haen, Kayla.......... Concordia Wisconsin............ 99 94 90 283 +64