Beloit Turner graduate Kate Engler, a junior at UW-Eau Claire, posted her first victory of the season as she led the Blugolds women’s golf team to third in the two-day Blazer Invitational.
The tournament, hosted by the College Saint Benedict (Minn.) drew six teams competing at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course in Sartell, Minn.
Engler led a field of 49 golfers with 150 strokes, six better than the runnerup finisher. It was her third top-five finish of the season.
As a team, the Blugolds took third with 665 strokes while Saint Benedict won with 648. St. Catherine was second with 662 strokes.
The Blugolds will have this weekend off before competing at the WIAC Championship, Oct. 4-6. The tournament will be contested at the Lake Arrowhead Golf Course in Nekoosa, Wis. and will get underway at noon on Oct. 4.
• DOUGLAS SHINES: Upper Iowa senior linebacker Ethan Douglas (Brodhead H.S.) has picked up where he left off last season when he had a team-leading 102 tackles, including 62 solos.
Douglas, who has recorded more than 70 tackles in each of his three seasons, had 10 tackles in a 24-17 win over Northern State last Saturday. He had seven solo tackles, three for losses and forced a fumble. For the season, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Douglas has already amassed 4.5 tackles for losses.
Upper Iowa Defensive Coordinator Orv Otten said of Douglas on the UI website: “He’s a four-year starter for a reason, it wasn’t by default — the guy’s a player. He’s physical — when he meets you in the hole, you’re going to know it. If you’re going to take him on, you better have your chin-strap buckled.”
• RUGBY ALL-AMERICAN: Kourtney Kavajecz of Winona State University (Hononegah grad) has been named to the 2012-13 USA Rugby’s Women’s Collegiate All-American First Team for Division II squads.
Kavajecz was named at the lock position.
Kavajecz is the team captain of the WSU rugby team this season. An Academic All-American majoring in nursing, the junior hopes to lead her team to the nationals in Florida in December this year.
• WALKER’S TEAM 3-0: Senior running back Michael Walker (Big Foot) has helped St. Cloud State jump off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2007.
The Huskies are coming off a 34-3 win at Concordia-St. Paul last Saturday night. They rolled up 437 yards in total offense.
Walker rushed for a 1-yard touchdown and scored his second on a 41-yard pass reception, both in the first quarter. He finished the game with 68 yards rushing on 11 carries, including a 22-yarder.
Walker has played in two games and has rushed 27 times for 115 yards (4.3). He has scored twice.
Red-shirt freshman Kenneth Walker, Michael’s brother, has 11 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown.
St. Cloud State will host Augustana College this Saturday in a 6 p.m. kickoff at Huskie Stadium.