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Women's Golf wins NACC Championship, Puch named Player of the Year

Women's Golf wins NACC Championship, Puch named Player of the Year

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin won its second-consecutive Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference title on Monday afternoon by a 22-stroke margin at Trappers Turn Golf Club. Nina Puch won medalist honors and was named NACC Player of the Year for her efforts.

The Falcons earned the league's automatic bid the NCAA Division III Championship with their win, which is held May 13-16 in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., at Mission Inn Resort & Golf Club.

CUW took a one-stroke lead after the opening round and turned it into a seven-stroke advantage after two days of play. It increased its lead to 18 strokes and after all the scorecards were signed, took the team trophy and began celebrating for the second time in as many years.

The Falcons shot three of the four lowest rounds of the Championship and ended with a 926 total (187-363-376). University of Northwestern took second place with a 944 total (188-369-387).

Puch (sophomore, Des Plaines, Ill.) earned medalist honors after shooting three-straight impressive rounds to end at 205 (42-80-83), which was 25-over-par. A season ago, she took second place at the league tournament and was determined to be the top golfer in the conference, and did so. For her efforts, Puch was also named All-NACC after holing seven birdies and 16 pars, including five-consecutive in the second round.

Sophomore Lexi Westphal (Brownsville, Wis.) played the best three rounds of career at the Championship and tied her career low with an 89 on Sunday and Monday. She finished with a 211 total (43-89-89) to tie for third place overall. Westphal was named to the All-NACC team for the second year in a row for her performance. The righty drained four birdies and 10 pars over the 45 holes of play, which included a par at No. 5 all three days and two birdies at the par-4 seventh hole.

Freshman Megan Reddersdorf (Marengo, Ill.) also saved her best golf for the Championship and finished with a 240 total (48-97-95). She shot a career-low-tying round of 95 on Monday and finished in 14th place, just six strokes shy of being named All-NACC. Reddersdorf made three birdies and four par putts at the tournament.

Sophomore Madalyn Joannes (Wauwatosa, Wis.) ended with a 261 three-day total (54-97-110) to tie for 27th place. Her second round 97 tied the lowest round of the season, which she shot less than a month ago. Joannes carded a birdie and eight pars at the Championship.

Freshman Veronika Metanova (Palatine, Ill.) rounded out the Falcons lineup with a 273 total (54-110-109) to take 38th place. She improved a shot from the second round and fired two birdies in the third round, three total birdies for the Championship.

CUW's back-to-back NACC Championship titles is the second time they have accomplished the feat after winning in 2009-10 and 2010-11. It was the Falcons fourth title in the past five seasons.