WOMEN’S GOLF: Wagner captures medal at SMSU Invite

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dana Wagner earned medalist honors for the first time in her career with a 17-over-par 161 to help lead Southwest Minnesota to a third place finish at the six-team, 37-player SMSU Spring Invite at the par-72 LPGA International Legends Course.

Mustangs coach Ross Webskowski credited her mental game for her coming away with the win.

“She’s able to stay focused on every single shot,” Webskowski said. “Her mental toughness and ability to get up and down the greens really helped her today. She’s playing with a lot of confidence.”

SMSU, which hosted the event for the second straight year, shot a score of 343 on Friday to finish with a two-round total of 684. Ferris State (Mich.) won the invite with a total of 667, 15 shots ahead of second place Minnesota State with a score of 682.

Wagner tied with Minnesota State’s Kenya Sethasompobe for the lowest two-round total, but Wagner was named medalist via scorecard tiebreaker.

Abby Gruber, who shot SMSU’s low round on Thursday with an 82, shot an 18-over 90 today to finish tied for 10th with a 172. Marissa Campeau and Rachel Patnoe both finished in a tie for 21st with a 36-over 180, while Becky Koepp finished 25th with a 39-over 183.

Playing as individuals, SMSU’s Megan Will finished 32nd with a 58-over 202, while Trisha Kienitz shot a 72-over 216 to finish 36th.

Overall, Webskowski was pleased with the way his team performed in the tournament.

“I thought we had opportunities to do a little better but we competed with some of the best teams,” Webskowski said. “We needed to beat some of these teams regionally and we did that. We feel good about where were at right now.”

Southwest Minnesota State will return to action on Monday, competing for two days in the Fort Hays State Spring Thaw at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa, Ariz.