As if the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship couldn't get more exciting, the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets won their first-ever conference title in tiebreaker Saturday, Oct. 6, at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker, Minn.
The Yellowjackets finished in a tie with Northwestern and won a one-hole team playoff by one stroke.
Down six strokes after two rounds, UWS rallied to tie the day-two leader Northwestern with a total team score of 927. Per conference guidelines, each of the team's five players teed off the same hole and played in a tiebreaker in which the Yellowjackets made it an official win by one stroke.
En route to victory, the Yellowjackets shot the second-lowest round of the weekend and best of the day with a 306 and all four scoring players shot under 80.
Tyler Smith shot a team-best 75, followed by Joey Cummings and Ryan Peterson, 76s; and Olle Sedelius, 79.
Cummings was the top finisher on the weekend for UWS in third overall with a score of 227. Peterson was one stroke back in fourth with 228 and Smith was eighth with 236. Sedelius was one stroke behind with 237.
Yellowjacket coach Paul Eberhardt picked up his second-straight UMAC Coach of the Year honor, while Cummings (third), Peterson (fourth), Smith (tied for eighth) and Sedelius (10th) were named all-conference.
UWS will represent the UMAC at the national tournament in May.
UWS (3-7-1, 3-4) split at home over the weekend, defeating Crown 3-2 in double overtime and losing 3-2 to Concordia-Moorhead on Sunday, Oct. 7.
Kalli Baarstad, Rachel Nemer and Taylor Barth gave the Cobbers (5-5-3) a 3-0 lead before Annah Schussman ended the shutout in the 76th minute with her fourth goal of the season.
On Saturday, Oct. 6, Schussman scored her second goal of the game with 56 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give UWS its win over Crown.
Emily Roe scored with less than five minutes to play to give the Yellowjackets a 2-1 lead, but Crown tied it just over a minute later to send the match to overtime.
Madison Gutekunst improved to 2-4 with 13 saves for UWS.
UWS made quick work of Bethany Lutheran College, winning 25-17, 25-15, 25-16 Saturday, Oct. 6, at Mankato, Minn.
Brylee Colligan totaled 14 kills and Emily VerWay had 31 set assists and 15 digs for the Yellowjackets (15-8, 10-1 UMAC). Brylee Colligan added 14 kills and Taylor Howe and Cami Sletta had 17 kills apiece.
Megan Rutt's 15 kills led the Vikings (6-14, 4-7).
UWS then blew a two-set lead in losing to St. Olaf 23-25, 19-25, 25-15, 25-18, 15-12 in non-conference action, also in Mankato.
Howe and Sletta each had 17 kills, while VerWay had 46 assists and 18 digs and Colligan had a team-high 19 digs.
UWS placed third in the UMAC tournament, shooting a three-day score of 1,213.
Ally Busick placed third with a score of 267, while teammate Alayna Tulip placed 10th at 289. Both Busick and Tulip earned All-UMAC recognition.