A pair of podium finishes highlight week that was for Saskatchewan student-athletes

Holly Knudsen finished up her season at MSU this week. (Photo-Sean Arbaut/msubeavers.com)

Chaplin born student-athlete Holly Knudsen is heading to the playoffs playing well after a top-three finish for Minot State University (MSU) on April 14 and 15 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Competing at the Augustana Women’s Spring Invite Knudsen shot 81 in round one before rebounding with a 76 in the second round, good enough for tie for third. MSU tied for fourth in the team competition.

Next up is the NSIC Women’s Championship at Paradise Pointe Golf Club in Smithville, MO on April 28 to 30.

Estevan’s Jace Carlisle helped lead Post University to a second-place finish in the Hawks Invitational in Candia, N.H. on April 17 and 18.

Competing at Candia Woods Golf Links with the Eagles Carlisle carded rounds of 74 and 75, finishing in a tie for sixth overall. Post University was second overall in the team category.

The team will now turn their focus to the NCAA East/Atlantic Preview on April 24 and 25 in Cornwall, N.C. at the Iron Valley Golf Club.

Another student-athlete with Saskatchewan ties has a top-three finish this week as well with Calgary’s Guillermo Salazar placing third at the Spadafora IUP Invitational in Indiana, PA. The Waskesiu Golf Course member was competing for the IUP Crimson Hawks and put together rounds of 73 and 74 to finish at 147, nine strokes off the winner. Teammate and Waskesiu colleague Alex Swinnerton was tied for 26th in the event at the Indiana Country Club after posting rounds of 75 and 80.

IUP was second as a team and will now head to Lebanon, PA. for the NCAA Atlantic/East Super Regional on May 11.

Josh Nagy of Saskatoon competed in the Wright State Invitational on April 16 and 17 with the Robert Morris University (RMU) Colonials.

Teeing it up at the Heatherwoode Golf Club in Springboro, OH., Nagy posted rounds of 75, 80, and 77 for a 54-hole total of 19-over-par, 232. He was tied for 24th in the event.

As a team RMU finished in fourth place out of 11 schools. Next up for the Colonials is the Horizon League Championships in Howey-in-the-Hills. FL. from April 23 – 25 at Mission Inn Resort.

At the Cypress Creek Golf Club in Cabot, AR. this week TJ Baker of Prince Albert and Luke Cote of Regina were in action competing for their respective teams.

Baker was leading on day one of the Natural State Golf Classic on April 17, but before the Waskesiu Golf Course player could contend for his first college championship he was forced to withdraw with an injury. Baker’s University of Arkansas at Monticello Weevils ended up 10th overall in the team race.

The news was better for Cote who alongside the Southern Arkansas University (SMU) Muleriders who claimed second overall in the event. Cote posted three solid rounds shooting 75, 78, and 73 to place alone in 18th spot.

The Great American Conference Championship is next for both schools on April 24 at Hot Springs, AR. at the Hot Springs Country Club.

A large number of Saskatchewan players will be in action beginning April 24 looking for berths into national events.