The Augustana women's golf team has won four straight NSIC championships, and has captured individual medalist honors three times over those four years. This weekend, the Vikings will again attempt to accomplish both achievements.
The NSIC tournament is a test of patience, as the 72-hole event features two rounds in the Fall, and another pair in the Spring.
"It's kind of weird to take a five month break, but at the same time it's nice knowing that the best team who's playing the best over the whole year will win the tournament. So, we just kind of look at it as a new tournament, and focus and play our best and at the end of the day, we'll hope that we win it," Augustana senior Maggie Leland said.
Augustana enters the final two rounds of play tied atop the standings with Concordia-St. Paul, while senior Maggie Leland currently owns a two-stroke lead, and is seeking a second individual NSIC championship.
"I've been playing my best golf of the year, so far. So, that makes me feel a little more confident, and it would be a great way to end my career at Augustana. I'm looking forward to the chance to win another one," Leland said.
"She's such a great role model. She works hard at it every day, and she's definitely deserving of being in first place right now, and I know that she has the confidence and the game to finish that way, too," Augustana freshman Jordan Bormann said.
"She's won conference, she's won some region tournaments, she's won a lot of tournaments in her four-year career at Augustana, and I'm happy for the way she's playing," Augustana head coach Peggy Kirby said.
But, the key to Augustana's success extends beyond Leland, as the team is strong from top to bottom.
"I do demand the most of them, and I'll give them 200%, and they do the same for me. So, I think they work so hard, and it makes me work harder, and I think that's some of the success of the program," Kirby said.
"We just have a really strong team that we have five scorers that we can always count on. So, it's nice to have that confidence on the course, and then come in and see how everybody did," Leland said.
"I just think it's really something special. The coaches are amazing. My teammates are amazing. I just couldn't imagine doing this with anyone else," Bormann said.
Augustana senior Allie Ostrander was last year's NSIC individual medalist, and currently sits tied for fourth-place, four shots off the lead. The championships continue Saturday and Sunday at Dacotah Ridge Golf Course in Morton, Minnesota.