Women’s golf takes first in Lewis Spring Flyer Invite

(North Wind File Photo) Photo courtesy of NMU Athletics.
(North Wind File Photo) Photo courtesy of NMU Athletics.

Over the weekend, the women’s golf team traveled to Wheaton, Illinois to compete in the Lewis Spring Flyer Invite. The team placed first overall out of seven teams competing and Junior Maya Hunter individually earned first place. This was Hunter’s first win in college and is also the first time in two years that the team has won. 

“This spring we ramped it up a little bit and I’ve been putting in some good scores,” Hunter said. “We’ve been putting together a good season.” 

The Flyer Invite took place over two days. On the first day, the Wildcats led the way being in first place. Hunter, along with Junior Maggie Pietila and Senior Alyssa Yaggie, reached the top ten on the first day. 

On day two, Hunter was in second place individually but made the jump to first place. Yaggie also finished in the top ten at the end of the invite, placing tenth individually and second for the Wildcats. Pietila finished the course 13th overall on the individual side and third for Northern. 

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“I’ve never won in college. And the team I’ve been on has only won once before two years ago … it was about time,” Hunter said. “We knew what we had to do and stay present and stick to what we knew and got it done.”

This invite closed out the regular season for the golf team. The team is not competing this week as they gear up for the GLIAC Championships taking place in Augusta, Michigan from April 19 to April 21. 

“We’ll have to play well to get into the match play, but I believe we can do it and I believe we can win,” Hunter said. “And so that would be the best-case scenario … we’ve all played the course before and it’s not a very hard course, we just got to hit the right shots … and I think the win last week just has the confidence pretty high for all of us.” 

The team is also hopeful about qualifying for the NCAA Women’s Regional Tournament in May. 

“We’re right on the cusp of making regionals,” Hunter said. “So, we’re trying to finish it out, going to grips with a good finish, too.” 

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