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Warriors top Tigers by 101 strokes in dual-meet victory

Waldorf Warriors LogoBy Matt Oliver

FORT MADISON – The Waldorf University women’s golf team turned in a 365-stroke total to top Iowa Wesleyan University by 101 strokes during Sunday’s dual meet.

It was a chance for the Warriors to renew a friendly rivalry with NCAA Division III’s Tigers and the competition resulted in a dominant performance.

“It’s a fun environment for the women,” Waldorf coach Mark Clouse said. “It gives them a chance to spend some time with another team and get to know them pretty well.”

Sophomore Fernanda Valdes led the Warriors, capturing first place with an 18-hole score of 83 on the par-72 layout at Scheaffer Memorial Golf Course.

Waldorf junior Maggie Peters secured runner-up honors, firing a 93. Sophomore Hallie Hauer claimed third after shooting a 94. Kailee Ward contributed the final team score for the Warriors, earning fourth with a 95-stroke round.

Four of Waldorf’s golfers previously competed at Scheaffer Memorial Golf Course last season. It presented the team with a tune-up heading into Monday’s Iowa Wesleyan Invitational, which will be played at the same venue.

“There are some who have played the course before,” Clouse said. “Some of them had never seen it, so to have a dual meet gives them a good chance to not only have some competition, but also see the golf course one time before our other team event [on Monday].”

Sophomore Trinity Hill placed sixth for the Warriors with a 98 in the dual-meet win. Freshman Haleigh Biernacki took seventh with a 102, freshman Haley Lawrence finished eighth with a 109 and freshman Mckenzie Fahrni tied for ninth following a 122-stroke outing.

Two competitions into the spring season, Waldorf is riding a winning streak. The Warriors look to continue their success in Monday’s Iowa Wesleyan Invitational, which begins at 9 a.m.

“We’ve got a pretty consistent team right now through the first two tournaments in the spring,” Clouse said. “With two wins, you can’t do any better than that. We’re definitely happy about the start and we’re going to try to continue that.”