PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida -- It was a rough debut this week at the NAIA Championship for the Cardinal Stritch women's golf team.
The Wolves' first taste of national championship competition ended after rounds of 355 and 357 that left them tied for 29th in the 30-team field. Their 712 total was 92 strokes behind eventual champion Oklahoma City University, which went on to win the title by eight strokes over Embry Riddle (Arizona).
Stritch counted Hannah Stradling's 79, Perle Pondepeyre's 90, Sydney Clement's 92 and one of the two 94s from Ashli Stolen and Kymberly Chann on Day 1. On Day 2, the Wolves' score included a pair of 86s from Pondepeyre and Stolen, a 92 from Stradling and a 93 from Chann with Clement's 97 getting tossed.
Barring transfers, Stritch is supposed to return eight of the nine golfers on this year's roster this fall in addition to a handful of incoming recruits.