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Scots Golf Could Be Sleeper at MWC Championships
The scores may not show it, but the Fighting Scots could be a sleeper at this weekend's 54-hole Midwest Conference Women's Golf Championships in Rockford.

"We've played more tournaments and tougher courses than a lot of teams in the conference," reported coach Molly McNamara of her team's scoring average. "We'e peaking at just the right time, so if we shoot the way were capable, we could be in the top four. That's our goal."

The Scots are entering the tournament after carding their best scores of the season last week at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur last weekend. McNamara readily concedes Carroll, Grinnell and Knox are the likely top three, but after that, it could be Monmouth.

"Last week's course is very similar to the Aldeen Golf Course," said McNamara of the conference tournament site. "It's a tough but fair course. We'll need to shoot well on Friday to get some confidence for the final two rounds."

The tournament format allows teams to golf six players, but count four. For senior Kristin Humphrey, its her last chance to achieve the all-conference status that just eluded her last season.

"Kristin really wants that all-conference status," said McNamara. "She knows one bad round last year cost her. She's focused and knows she needs to play well all three days."

Claire Johnston will be joining the regular five -- Humphrey, Nicole Hurst, Whitney Bergen, Lanae Hoffman and Kayla Winbigler -- for the tournament. While McNamara is counting on Humphrey and Hurst to post some low numbers, she's not expecting them to carry the load.

"I expect us to have four different scorers each day," predicted McNamara. "It's nice that we can use six players for conference. I think we're a better team than the comparative scores indicate. We'll need to shoot our three best rounds this weekend. The bottom line is we need a solid finish to the fall season."

(Monmouth College Athletics)
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