April 28, 2013
For the first time since the Clinton administration, the Siena women’s golf team will not be the MAAC Champions. The storybook-dynasty run ended on Sunday as the Saints finished in third, 46 strokes behind in Orlando, Fla. The 12-straight conference titles was the second longest active streak in the nation, behind only Kent State of the MAC Conference.
Valerie Wijaya and Kylie Strijek both led the Saints in round three, finishing with a +6. Wijaya was the overall leader for Siena and the top performing first-year player in the field. Both Wijaya and Strijek matched team-highs with four birdies on the afternoon, with Wijaya connecting on three in a five hole span. Wijaya was the fourth overall finisher.
Victoria Nguyen, last year’s individual champion, finished sixth. The sophomore shot a +1 in her first five holes on the afternoon, but completed play 12-over-par.
Strijek rounded out the top-10 performances for the Green and Gold with a tenth place finish. Strijek also had four birdie putts and finished with a +4 over her last 14 holes.
In it’s first season in the MAAC, Butler University took home the gold with a cumulative score of 317. That total is a new MAAC Championship record, breaking the previous mark set by last year’s Saints by two strokes.
Boston University finished runners up in the contest. The Terriers finished 14 shots ahead of Siena and 32 behind Butler.
The Bulldogs also had the individual champion with Isabella Lambert taking home the crown.
Five Saints received MAAC All-Academic honors with Megan Cahill, Mary Fletcher, Katie Nelson, Cortney Tilley, and Kylie Strijek all being named to the team.
The Saints will return five of the seven golfers on their roster as they try to start a new streak next season.
“I’m proud of our effort,” Coach Dave Wronowski said. “We just came up short this week. We’ll be back next year better and stronger.”