Kurmel captures NSIC Individual medalist honors, leads WSC to runner-up finish
WAYNE, Neb. -- Sophomore Abbey Kurmel captured individual medalist honors helping Wayne State to a second place finish at the three-day 2022 Northern Sun Conference Women’s Golf Championship that concluded Sunday at Paradise Pointe in Smithville, Missouri. The Wildcats posted a three-day total of 993, trailing only Augustana at 940 in the team race.
In just the second year following an eight year suspension of the program, Wayne State improved from a ninth place finish last season to second this year.
Augustana produced rounds of 306-328-308 for a 54-hole score of 940 to capture an 11th NSIC women’s golf title. Wayne State followed in second with scores of 333-340-320 for a 993, finishing three strokes ahead of third place Upper Iowa with 996. Rounding out the top five team scores were Minnesota State at 1007, two shots better than Winona State at 1009.
Concordia-St. Paul finished sixth with 1019, Southwest Minnesota State took seventh at 1027 and Sioux Falls was eighth recording 1043. Filling out the top 10 teams were Minot State (1049) and University of Mary at 1109.
Kurmel, a sophomore from Okemos, Michigan, finished the three-day, 54-hole event at 14-over par 230 carding rounds of 76-76-78. She finished one stroke ahead of Augustana’s Shannon McCormick (231) and two strokes in front of Molly Stevens from Augustana.
Kurmel joins Debbie Yahn in 1998 as the only other Wayne State player to capture NSIC individual medalist honors. Yahn shot 84-41 (125) in the rain-shortened 1998 NSIC Tournament played in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Sophomores Mekky Winyarat and Jazmine Taylor each shot 54-hole scores of 249 and tied for 12th overall in a field of 65 players. Winyarat posted scores of 83-87-79 while Taylor shot rounds of 83-85-81.
Junior Paige Peters shot a final round 82 and ended the three-day event at 265 (91-92-82) to tie for 33rd overall.
Freshman Abbigail Brodersen was 45th overall at 272 with rounds of 93-95-84.