PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida — What a week for Indiana University East junior Bre Nowak.
The Chippewa Falls native made the cut at the NAIA Women's Golf National Championship. She celebrated a birthday. And she finished 10th to earn a spot on the event's all-tournament team, an honor that includes automatic qualification for the 2019 national tournament.
Nowak was locked into 10th place in the final standings when the tournament's final round scheduled for May 25 was rained out. The top 15 finishers earn spots on the all-tournament team. Nowak finished the event with a 54-hole score of 231 on the par 72, 5,847-yard Champion Course at PGA National. The course is home of the PGA Tour's Honda Classic.
"It was surreal to play a course that you watch PGA Tour members play on TV," Nowak said. "The course is beautiful and made each day very enjoyable."
Nowak's steady play also made the days enjoyable. She shot 77 in all three rounds. She made par on 35 of 54 holes, which was the fifth-best total in the event.
"My game has really come together the past couple of weeks, and I was able to put some solid rounds together," Nowak said. "I'm extremely grateful to have finished in the top 10 and receive an automatic bid for next year, but my main goal is to make sure the team qualifies, so I can't wait to get back out with everyone and start next season!"
Nowak's 10th-place finish is the best for a golfer from the River States Conference since at least 2011, which is the most recent year the event records are readily available.
Maria Paula Otero from SCAD Savannah won the individual title with a 54-hole score of 216. SCAD Savannah also won the team title.
Franklin native Megan Hessil finished tied for 78th for Embry Riddle (Arizona). She shot 82-88-82.
Indiana University East athletics communications contributed to this report.