After failing to capture the team title a year ago, the Wartburg Women’s Golf team returned to the winners circle by capturing the Iowa Conference crown on Saturday.
Junior Brooke Klostermann also won the individual conference championship with a new Iowa Conference record score of 296 and was named conference MVP. This marks the fifth straight season that a Wartburg player captured the individual title, 2017 graduate Rochelle Beardsley won the previous four with the Knights.
Head coach Greg Bodensteiner was also named IIAC Coach of the Year and he said the weather had an effect the team’s preparations for the weekend.
“We talked about being the best team that we could be this weekend as we know the weather was not going to be favorable,” he continued.
This is the 11th career individual medalist honor for Klostermann, breaking the school record.
Klostermann was not the only individual golfer to return home with conference awards either. Freshman McKenzie Roberts earned her first career IIAC All-Conference honor.
Bodensteiner said the team win was due in large part to their seniors.
“The key to our team title was our two seniors, Kenzie Soukup and Bailey Wallace,” said Bodensteiner. “They really stepped up and got us some good scores in the final two rounds this weekend.”
Roberts, Wallace and junior Victoria Speltz all set new career lows in the tournament’s final two rounds.
Wartburg captured the title by 28 strokes over second place Central. This is the 10th title for the Knights in the past 11 seasons and first since the 2015 season.