Lopers, Bruins Close out Victories at Nebraska Intercollegiate
Final Round Conducted Saturday at Awarii Dunes Golf Club
AXTELL (October 7, 2023) - Champions were crowned on Saturday at Awarii Dunes Golf Club in Axtell, after the final round of the 2023 Nebraska Intercollegiate, with the University of Nebraska-Kearney taking the women's title and Bellevue University securing the men's title.
Bellevue picks up its fourth title in the last eight years with the win. The Bruins improved by a stroke in the final round, posting a 301 (+13) to win by 10 strokes with a 603 (+27) total. They also won Nebraska Intercollegiate titles in 2016, 2018 and 2020.
Freshman Dylan Rodgers again led the way, and earned the individual title with his final round 74 (+2) and 144 (E) total. He made six more birdies today for a total of 14 over the two rounds, and won by two strokes.
Two other Bruins earned medals by finishing inside the top 10, with Sam Johnson shooting 75 (+3) to finish sixth with a 149 (+5) total. Hugo Brandt climbed up the leaderboard with his 75 (+3) to tie for 10th at 155 (+11). Also contributing for Bellevue was Totte Uhlan, who finished tied for 16th at 158 (+14) and Cayden Wynne, who was tied for 26th at 161 (+17).
On the women's side, four Lopers finished inside the top 10 to lead UNK to the team title. The Lopers finished tied for the low round of the day with a 322 (+34), and pulled away for a 10-stroke victory with 643 (+67) total.
Junior Brooke King also closed out the individual title for the Lopers, following her first round 74 (+2) with a final round 82 (+10) to win by a stroke with a 156 (+12) total. King birdied her final hole, the par-5 ninth, to secure the victory over her teammate, Allison Comer. Comer came charging back with a 75 (+3) to finish runner-up at 157 (+13).
Two more Lopers earned medals, including Juliana Botero, who finished eighth at 164 (+20), following an 85 (+13). Liz Lyons moved into the top 10 with an 81 (+9), which put her in a tie for ninth at 167 (+23). Another Loper, Claire Berquist finished just outside of medal contention, contributing to the team score with an 84 (+12) to tie for 11th at 173 (+29).
Wayne State College finished runner-up at 653 (+77), after winning the first two Nebraska Intercollegiate women's titles. Three Wildcats earned medals, led by Abbigail Brodersen, who finished third, a stroke behind Comer, at 158 (+14). Jazmine Taylor, the 2021 Individual Champion, took fourth at 159 (+15). Saffire Sayre also tied for fifth at 160 (+16), along with Bellevue University's Maria Pinedo, the 2022 Individual Champion.
Kaitlyn Dumler of Doane University placed seventh at 162 (+18), and Chloe Blandinieres of Bellevue University tied for ninth with Lyons at 167 (+23) to round out the top 10.
Southeast Community College finished as the runner-up team on the men's side. The Bobcats made a run during the final round, tying the Bruins at one point, but fell 10 strokes short with a 613 (+37) total. Thomas Gatlin led the team with two-straight rounds of 73 (+1) to tie for runner-up honors at 146 (+2) with Nebraska Wesleyan's Geran Sander. Sander posted the low round of the tournament, a 69 (-3).
Gabe Escalara of Hastings College and Drew D'Ercole of Concordia University tied for fourth at 148 (+4). Luke Strako of Southeast Community College was seventh at 150 (+6), while Midland University's Ethan Blair shot a 72 (E) to finish eighth at 151 (+7). Doane's Ryan Weiss took ninth with a 153 (+9) total, while two other players tied Brandt for 10th at 155 (+11), Joshua Wassmer of Doane and Rupert Hurford of Northeast Community College.
Full results are available on the website below, along with additional information.
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