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May 14, 2012

Wagner Wins National Title as Women's Golf Finishes Third

Catherine Wagner, a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire marketing junior from Austin, MN, finished first at the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship held May 8-11, 2012 at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, IN.

Wagner captured the first individual national title in Blugold program history. In 2010, Wagner tied for 14th at nationals while tying for ninth last year. She finished with 302 strokes in the 101-golfer field, edging three others who had 303.

Wagner was recognized as a NGCA first team All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association at the Division III Awards Banquet. She was also named to the All-Region team.

Other College of Business competing in the tournament were Kate Engler, a freshman management major from Beloit, WI and Emily Swift, a senior accounting major from Onalaska, WI. Engler and Swift tied for 48th place with 323 strokes. Swift tied for 54th last year while this was Engler's first year at nationals.

As a team, the Blugolds came in third place with 1,255 strokes to tie for the best finish in program history. Eau Claire was also third in 2010 and tied for third in 2005.

Methodist University (N.C.) won its 15th straight title with 1,242 strokes, while DePauw University (Ind.) was second with 1,248. Eau Claire came in third with 1,255 and Centre College (Ky.) was fourth with 1, 256.

This was the 12th straight year the Blugolds competed at nationals. Appearing in 12 of the 13 NCAA Division III Championships, the Blugolds are second behind only Methodist University for most appearances. Division III nationals have been held every year since 2000 while Divisions II and III competed in a combined championship from 1996-99.


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