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Women’s golf competes in the Mid-American Match Play Challenge

The FGCU women’s golf team traveled to Lakewood Ranch on Monday, Feb. 8 to play in the two-day Mid-American Match Play Challenge. The sixth-seeded Eagles split the two matches played on in the first day of competition, defeating 11th-seed Central Michigan University and losing to third-seeded University of Akron.

Senior Sara Detlefsen was the only Eagle to earn a win in both rounds. Detlefsen led against CMU’s Natalie Johnson the entire first match, winning by four. In the second match, Detlefsen faced Akron’s Frida Fougberg and defeated her by two holes.

The Eagles went 5-0 against Central Michigan, with wins coming from Madison Easterbrook, Mei Khuan Yong, Megan Blonien and Madeline Marck-Sherk. Freshman Marck-Sherk won by the biggest margin in the first round, defeating Holly Hines by six.

“I am really proud of the way we played this morning,” Head Coach Sarah Trew told FGCU Athletics. “It was really neat to see us get off to such a hot start and win all of our matches.”

Unfortunately for the Eagles, the big win from the morning did not carry over to the second round of the day against Akron. FGCU lost to the Zips with a score of 3-1-1 — the only win coming from Detlefsen and a tie coming from Marck-Sherk.

“This afternoon, we struggled a little bit more,” Trew said. “Sara was really solid for us and won both of our matches. Even though Maddie lost one, she still shot even par, and I am extremely proud of her battling back and almost pulling off the match.”

Day two of the Mid-American Match continued Tuesday, Feb. 9. The Eagles took on Western Michigan in the third round of the tournament and won with a score of 3-1. But, again, FGCU could not continue to win in the final round of the day against Bowling Green State. The Eagles were shutout 4-0.

The Eagles will come back home this week where they will host the Eagle Invite from Feb. 12 to 14 at the Stoneybrook Country Club.

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Sean is in his third year at FGCU, where he is working towards a major in communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in journalism. Sean has been a member of Eagle Media since 2017 and has worked with all departments. When Sean isn’t uploading articles to the website, you will find him cooking, taking pictures and writing poetry. Sean is also the president of the NAACP. Music is Sean’s greatest love, and is always open to new artists and playlists. Sean is very passionate about many things, such as saving bees, respecting nature and appreciating the Oxford comma. His social media accounts are @Lunchtime58

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