Looking to build on last season

NMU women’s golf releases schedule, will try to make third straight trip to NCAA Super Regionals

Marquette's Avery Rochester watches her tee shot on the fifth hole at the Highland Golf Club in Escanaba during the semifinals of the Upper Peninsula Ladies Golf Association on July 21, 2014. Rochester defeated Pam Frankini 7 and 5 in this match before clinching her third straight UPLGA title the following day. (Escanaba Daily Press file photo by Bryce Derouin)

MARQUETTE — After a successful 2017-18 season that included another trip to the NCAA super regionals, the Northern Michigan University women’s golf team got a jump on this season by recently releasing its upcoming schedule.

The Wildcats will compete in 10 meets overall with five taking place in the fall and five in the spring. The schedule kicks off with the two-day Indianapolis Invitational September 10-11 followed by two downstate meets, the Saginaw Valley State Invitational Sept. 15-16 and the Grand Valley State Invitational Sept. 29-30.

Northern has two meets in October to close out the fall season. It participates in the Beall Fall Classic in Findlay, Ohio Oct. 7-8 and the Kohler Classic Oct. 22-23 in Sheboygan, Wis.

The spring session starts with the three-day GLIAC vs. GMAC meet in Port St. Lucie, Fla. March 7-9. The Wildcats will then take part in another SVSU Invitational, this time in Lexington, Ky. Mar. 16-17.

NMU has three meets in April, beginning with the NC4K Classic in Blacklick, Ohio April 1-2. The Wildcats will have another meet in Ohio with the Walsh Invitational Apr. 9-10 and then will head back downstate for the GLIAC Championships Apr. 20-22 in Augusta.

Last season, Northern got back to the Super Regionals and finished seventh overall, up from eighth place the year before. The Wildcats also took second at the GLIAC Championships and set a school record with a score of 297 on the second day of the NC4K College Classic.

NMU also received some individual honors as Karissa Guthrie earned the Wildcats’ first-ever spot on the All-GLIAC First Team, while Marquette native Avery Rochester and teammates Haley Hewer and Caro Els made the All-GLIAC Second Team.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.