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Soydara Earns Medalist Honors, Spartan Men 3rd at UMM Invite, 2nd at Maroon and Gold Classic

By Craig Olson, 09/26/22, 10:45PM CDT


The weather wasn't what you would order for golf, but the Spartans fought through the adversity with an individual medalist on the women's side and a 2nd and 3rd place finish on the men's side.

On Friday, we faced incredibly difficult playing conditions and didn't handle them well as we struggled," commented Head Coach Jason Retzlaff of the Spartans.  "I'm hopeful the experience will make us better when we face those conditions in the future.  On Saturday, we played much better, coming up just shy of a win.  Leo Stepan was tremendous on Saturday as his putter was on fire.  Joel Quam also had a very nice couple of days leading us on Friday and giving us a solid score on Saturday."

Ellia Soydara earned medalist honors on Friday at the UMM Invite at Minnewaska Area Golf Course in Glenwood, firing an 86 in extremely difficult weather conditions.  On Saturday, she finished third individually at the Maroon and Gold Classic at Pomme de Terre Golf Course in Morris, recording an 87.  Payton Sierra of UM-Morris was the women's medalist on Saturday with an 83.

"Ellia had another nice weekend as she pulled out a one shot win on Friday," reported Coach Retzlaff.  "She hit a clutch shot from 180 yards out on the final hole that set up her finish.  She played with great patience in difficult conditions."

The M State Men finished tied for 3rd as a team on Friday and 2nd on Saturday.  M State was only 3 strokes behind the team winner, Sisseton-Wahpeton, on Saturday.

Joel Quam led the Spartans on Friday with an 85, good for eighth place individually, and Leo Stepan finished as runner-up on Saturday with a 75, one shot back of medalist honors.  Brady Raph of UM-Morris was men's medalist on Friday with a 70.  Men's medalist on Saturday was Marshall O'Meara of UM-Morris with a 74.

Friday Results (UMM Invite @ Minnewaska Area GC)
1. UM-Morris 329, 2. Sisseton-Wahpeton 331, T3. M State 353, T3. Martin Luther College 353, 5. UM-Morris (2) 386

M State Individual Results
Joel Quam 85, Mikey Vall 87, Ryker Stukenholtz 90, Leo Stepan 91, Braxton Kerstein 96
Competing as Individual - Riley Stromlund 94

Saturday Results (Pomme de Terre GC)
1. Sisseton-Wahpeton 320, 2. M State 323, 3. UM-Morris 326, 4 Martin Luther College 355, 5. UM-Morris (2) 70

M State Individual Results
Leo Stepan 75 (Runner-up), Joel Quam 82, Ryker Stukenhotz 82, Braxton Kerstein 84, Mikey Vall 94
Competing as an Individual - Riley Stromlund 87