SDSU wins first D-I tourney
OMAHA, Neb. - The South Dakota State women's golf team won its first tournament in the Division I era, claiming the team title Tuesday at the Creighton Classic.
The Jackrabbits' final-round score of 325, combined with their first-round score of 339, gave SDSU a 36-hole score of 664 in the seven-team event -- seven strokes ahead of second- place finisher Northern Iowa. The previous best SDSU finish was its second-place finish at the Summit League Championships last season.
Katie Purcell led the Jackrabbit women with a score of 161 (85-76) and finished second, the highest in the freshman's young career. Her second-place finish ties her with Hillary Gerster as the best individual finish in team history (Gerster finished second at the Cowgirl Invitational in April of 2008). Brittany Hanten finished tied for fifth after carding a 166 (83-83). Rachel Hanigan registered a 169 (83-86) and finished tied for 10th. Morgan Fitts tallied a 171 (88-83) and finished tied for 14th. Abby Feehan shot a 172 (89-83) and finished tied for 16th, the first top-25 finish of her career. This was the first time since the Aztec Fall Classic in October 2008 that all five SDSU golfers finished in the top 25.
Amy Anderson of North Dakota State took medalist honors with a score of 147 (78-69).
The Jackrabbit women play next at the Summit League Championships in Primm, Nev., on April 18.