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Differt Captures First Place At Mad Dawg Invitational

Nikki Differt compiled 166 strokes en route to her first career victory.
Nikki Differt compiled 166 strokes en route to her first career victory.

Nikki Differt won the individual title by one stroke as five members of the UW-Oshkosh women's golf team tuned up for next weekend's WIAC Championship by competing at the UW-Stevens Point Mad Dawg Invitational held Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 28-29) at the Stevens Point Country Club.

Differt totaled 166 strokes (22-over-par) to earn her first career victory. She reached her overall score by totaling 18-hole figures of 81 on Saturday and 85 on Sunday. Differt's score on Saturday was the lowest 18-hole round recorded by the tournament's 20 golfers.

UW-Platteville's Markie Ash finished second to Differt with 167 strokes and UW-Whitewater's Billie Jo Parker third with 170. UW-Stevens Point's Brooke Tuszka placed fourth with 173 strokes and UW-Whitewater's Madison LaPaz fifth with 176.

In addition to Differt, UW-Oshkosh had Sophia Mazurek finish 12th with 193 strokes, Megan Footit 13th with 198, Claire Hamburg 16th with 215 and Mackenzie Retzlaff 18th with 221.

UW-Platteville edged UW-Stevens Point, 724-731, for the team title.

UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater golfers competed as individuals, thus, no team score was compiled for the Titans and Warhawks.

The 54-hole WIAC Championship will be held Friday through Sunday (Oct. 4-6) at the Reedsburg Country Club in Reedsburg.