After finishing fourth at The Summit League Championship, the South Dakota State women’s golf team is poised to make a run at the title with all five starters returning and five other Jackrabbits ready to contend for a starting spot.
Leading the Jacks is a trio of underclassmen in junior Sydney MacDonald and sophomores Islamiah Fuad and Megan Mingo. All finished in the top 20 in scoring average in The Summit League last season.
MacDonald led the Jacks by posting a team-best 78.61 and ranking ninth in the league. The Calgary, Alberta, native collected three top-5 and five top-10 finishes, including tying for second at the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational. At The Summit League Championship, MacDonald finished tied for eighth. She enters the 2014-15 season ranked sixth in career scoring average (81.47), second in career top-10 finishes (5), fifth in career top-25 finishes (8) and tied for 10th in career rounds (57) in the SDSU record.
Fuad, along with MacDonald, played all 31 rounds and had one top-5 and a pair of top-10 finishes. Her best finish was tied for third at the SUU Thunderbird Invitational where she shot a second round 71. At The Summit League Championship, Fuad placed 13th, shooting a third round 241. She enters this season ranked fifth in career scoring average (81.26), tied for sixth in career top-10 finishes (2) and tied for 11th in career top-25 finishes (5).
Mingo collected two of her four top-25 finishes in the final two weeks of the season, including placing 20th at The Summit League Championship. The Yankton native turned in her best finish when she shot a third-round 234 to tie for third at the Jackrabbit Fall Invitational. She enters this season ranked eighth in career scoring average (80.96), tied for 11th in top 10s (1), tied for eighth in top 25s (4).
Junior Brianna Janu was the third Jackrabbit to play all 31 rounds. The Glenwood, Minn., native’s best outing came at the Jackrabbit Fall Invitational, finishing 10th after shooting a 240. At The Summit League Championship, Janu turned in her second top-25 finish, tying for 17th.
Sophomore Hallie Getz turned in a solid rookie season in six events and 17 rounds. The Pierre native was one of three Jackrabbits to post at least one round under par when she shot a third round 72 at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial in Springfield, Mo. Getz’s best finish was at the Jackrabbit Fall Invitational where she placed tied for 20th.
A trio of seniors in Alli Plath, Amber Houser and Myranda Dunmire balance the underclassmen.
Plath played in nine events, posting an 81.77 scoring average over 26 rounds. Her best outing came at the Jackrabbit Fall Invitational where the Onalaska, Wis., native shot a three round 242. Plath enters the season sixth in career rounds played (69).
Houser had a pair of top-20 finishes last season, including a tie for 20th at the SUU Thunderbird Invitational. The Northfield, Minn., native had an 83.64 scoring average over 14 rounds.
Dunmire saw action in nine events and collected a pair of top-20 finishes. The Palmdale, Calif., native’s best finish came at the Kansas City Shootout in Kansas City, Mo., when she tied for 17th and shot a season-low 237.
The lone freshman joining the Jackrabbits is Natcha Srimaneerungroj. The Bangkok, Thailand, native brings an impressive resume as a two-time runner-up (2010, 2012) at the Thailand Golf Association (TGA)-Eastern event and finishing fourth at the Central event in 2010. She was the runner-up at the 2010 Thailand Junior Golf Association Federation and finished fourth at the 2012 TGA-CAT Golf Championship. Srimaneerungroj also finished as a runner-up and fourth at a pair of TGA Mercedes-Benz Junior Golf Championship events in 2013.