Morgan Thiele of Northwest Missouri State finished as runner-up at the MIAA women’s golf championship on Wednesday at Mayetta, Kansas.
Thiele, a Kearney Catholic graduate, shot a 2-under 70 during the final round and finished the 54-hole tournament at 5-over. Shi Qing Ong of Missouri Western finished 1-under to win individual honors.
Northeastern State won the team title by three shots over Central Missouri. Northwest Missouri was fifth, while UNK was sixth. UNK tied a school record for a 54-hole team score as it had rounds of 321, 302 and 310. Omaha Burke graduate Nia Station led the Lopers with a 10th-place finish.
Also, Northwestern’s Caleb Badura won the GPAC men’s championship. The freshman from Aurora finished the 72-hole event at 2-under par to win by five strokes. Morningside won the team title, followed by Northwestern and Midland.
Bauer officially named UNK A.D.
Marc Bauer, who had been serving as UNK’s interim athletic director, had the interim tag removed from his title.
“I am privileged to have the opportunity and appreciate Chancellor (Doug) Kristensen asking me to continue forward as the permanent Director of Athletics at UNK,” Bauer said.
Bauer had served as UNK’s wrestling coach from 2000 to 2016, winning three national titles. Bauer, who also was a three-time All-America wrestler at UNO, was inducted into the NWCA Division II wrestling hall of fame last year.