NIACC's Maasch, Tusler begin play at nationals

Brooke Maasch tees off at the NIACC Invitational on April 17 at the Mason City Country Club.
Brooke Maasch tees off at the NIACC Invitational on April 17 at the Mason City Country Club.

BRASELTON, Ga. - NIACC's Brooke Maasch and Courtney Tusler began play Monday morning at the NJCAA Division I women's golf tournament at the Chateau Elan Golf Club.

The four-round tournament concludes on Thursday.

Maasch tied for 10th with a season-best round of 90 at the NJCAA Region XI tournament to qualify for the national tournament. Tusler tied for 12th with her round of 95.

The regional tournament was shortened to 18 holes due to inclement weather.

It is the 11th straight season that NIACC coach Chris Frenz has had at least one women's golfer qualify for the national tournament.

NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENTS UNDER FRENZ

2007 (LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla) - T73. Jones 99-97-95-91 - 382; T86. Weber 104-106-100-102 - 412.

2008 (LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla) - 87. Jones 95-98-97 - 290. O'Brien 108-106 - 214. The tournament was shortened to three rounds due to wildfires and there was a cut after the second round.

2009 (LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla) - T60. O'Brien 47-42 - 89. The tournament was shortened to 18 holes because of rain.

2010 (LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla) - T84. Monson 103-94-96 - 293. The tournament was shortened to 54 holes because of rain.

2011 (LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla) - T95. Monson 110-106-96-96 - 408; T107. Evenson 107-113-106-110 - 436.

2012 (LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla) - T47. Smith 93-85-83-87 - 348; T57. Eckenrod 91-88-96-90 - 365; 77. Steinauer 97-98-96-103 - 394.

2013 (Longbow Golf Club, Mesa, Ariz.) - Placed 10th with rounds of 370-369-361-391 - 1,491. Individuals - T54. Eckenrod 87-93-90-91 - 361; T54. Steinauer 85-97-84-95 - 361; T64. Smith 93-87-93-93 - 366; 98. Sherman 105-92-94-112 - 403.

2014 (LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla.) - 86. Kaitlin Koob 106-104-100 - 310. The final round was canceled due to rain.

2015 (Longbow Golf Club, Mesa, Ariz.) - T71. Savannah Lentz 100-91-95-85 - 371.

2016 (LPGA International, Daytona Beach, Fla.) - 73. Savannah Lentz 94-94-96 - 284; T83. Bailey Walter 104-91-95 - 290; T99. Carlie Eckenrod 110-94-101 - 305. The final round was canceled due to rain.

TOP NIACC FINISHES AT NATIONALS UNDER FRENZ

The following are the top finishes at the national tournament since Chris Frenz took over the NIACC golf program in 2007:

T47. Mikayla Smith, 2012 (93-85-83-87 – 348)

T54. Alexandria Eckenrod, 2013 (87-93-90-91 – 361)

T54. Sarah Steinauer, 2013 (85-97-84-95 – 361)

T57. Alexandria Eckenrod, 2012 (91-88-96-90 – 365)

T60. Brittany O'Brien, 2009 (47-42 – 89) – Tournament was shortened to 18 holes due to rain.

T64. Mikayla Smith, 2013 (93-87-93-93 - 366)

T71. Savannah Lentz, 2015 (100-91-95-85 - 371)

T73. Kayli Jones, 2007 (99-97-95-91 - 382)

73. Savannah Lentz, 2016 (94-94-96 - 284) - Final day was canceled due to rain.

77. Sarah Steinauer, 2012 (97-98-96-103 - 394)

T83. Bailey Walter, 2016 (104-91-95 - 284) - Final day was canceled due to rain.

WOMEN'S TOP NATIONAL TOURNAMENT ROUNDS UNDER FRENZ

Mikayla Smith (Day 3, 2012) 83

Sarah Steinauer (Day 3, 2013) 84

Sarah Steinauer (Day 1, 2013) 85

Mikayla Smith (Day 2, 2012) 85

Savannah Lentz (Day 4, 2015) 85

Alexandria Eckenrod (Day 1, 2013) 87

Mikayla Smith (Day 2, 2013) 87

Mikayla Smith (Day 4, 2012) 87

Alexandria Eckenrod (Day 2, 2012) 88

Brittany O'Brien (2009) 89