“Finishing in style.”
It’s an old saying that basically denotes achievement and excellence.
It fits Amy Ahlers perfectly.
Ahlers, an Albion native and former Boone Central golf star, concluded her decorated Concordia University career recently at the 2017 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
And, along with winning the Great Plains Athletic Conference championship in early May and competing in the national meet, Ahlers also received student-athlete academic honors for her excellence in the classroom.
The Big Time
Making her first public course appearance since securing the GPAC title, Ahlers got her first taste of national competition May 23, as she shot a 16-over par 88 at the Squire Course located on the PGA National Grounds in Palm Beach Gardens.
After a rough start, she rebounded with four consecutive pars on holes #1 through #4. Beginning her round on the back nine, Ahlers had her highest nine hole total of the season (49), but battled back on the front nine and finished the round with pars on eight different holes.
After rain suspended play the following day, Ahlers concluded her remarkable career Thursday, May 25, carding identical scores of 41 on her front and back nines for a 10-over par 82.
With her two-day total of 88-82-170, she missed the cut and did not have the opportunity to play three rounds, as originally scheduled, due to the rainy conditions that wreaked havoc with the tournament schedule.
That did not dampen the experience for the most accomplished golfer in the history of the Concordia women’s golf program. The highlight of Ahler’s final nine holes was a birdie on the par-four #13. The final two holes of her career resulted in pars.
Amy’s honors have continued following her final collegiate tournament.
Ahlers was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete for the second year in a row, one of 174 women’s golf student-athletes across the nation to meet the qualifications in 2017.
On June 5, it was announced that the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) named Ahlers to the first team of the Academic All-America Women’s At-Large Team of the College Division. That moved her up from the second team, where she was selected as a junior. Amy is also a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District award winner.
Wonderful achievements by a wonderful student-athlete, accomplished and finished in style.
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