FORT DODGE - Consistency was the key for Southwestern sophomore Bianca Findlay of Australia, who claimed her second tournament victory in as many weeks Sunday and Monday at the Iowa Central Spring Invite.
Findlay sat in second place following Sunday's round with her score of 12-over-par 83 and followed that with another 12-over round of 83 on Monday to win the tournament by six strokes over the Iowa Central tandem of Abby Stender and Erin Baum. Freshman Ashton Carter of Creston finished tied for fourth place for the second straight tournament, as well, posting a two-day total of 178.
"Day 1, Bianca shot an 83, which put her three back of the leader. Ashton was third after Day 1. She played well - one of her better competitive rounds since she started," Southwestern Head Golf Coach Doug North said. "Day 2 was definitely more difficult conditions, but we played well. Bianca shot the same score Day 2 as Day 1 to come back and win it. Our other girls kind of struggled a little bit on Day 2, but held it together. It was a good experience heading into regionals the next two Fridays and Saturdays."
Freshman Sarah Rauschenberg of Dallas Center finished 16th with her two-day total of 202, while sophomore Megan Fairchild of Stuart placed 18th at 212. Freshman Katelyn Belding of Sharpsburg finished 21st at 236.
As a team, Southwestern finished third with its score of 758 behind Region XI opponents Iowa Lakes and NIACC.
The Spartan women travel to Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny the next two Fridays and Saturdays for the Region XI Championships. The four-day tournament will present a new challenge for the Spartans. The top team and the next 10 best individuals advance from regionals to the NJCAA Women's Golf National Championships, held May 13-16 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida.
"This week, the major focus in practice is going to be the little things - reaffirming alignment and setup and heavy emphasis on short game," North said. "With (regionals) being four days, it's a matter of consistency. It will be fun. Our region is very competitive. Iowa Western generally wins it. Iowa Lakes is competitive this year. NIACC, DMACC and us are all right there, as well. It's just doing the little things right and no major blowups. That will lead to success at regionals."