Minnesota Golf Association

Ledwein Is Medalist at Diane Daugherty Invitational

April 6, 2021

KIRKWOOD, Missouri -- Bradley's Taylor Ledwein, a fifth-year senior, posted the lowest score of her college career, a 4-under-par 67, in the opening round of the Diane Daugherty Invitational last week at Greenbriar Hills Country Club, and she went on from there to claim medalist honors. 

A former two-time Minnesota state high school champion from New Prague, Ledwein  birdied the first hole on Day 1, bogeyed the second, and  then made eight pars in a row. But the MGA 2020 Women's Co-Player of the Year (along with Kate Smith) rattled off three birdies in a row at the 418-yard, par-4 11th hole, the 310-yard, par-4 12th and 316-yard, par-4 13th. Although she failed to birdie the par-5 14th (496 yards), she made her fourth birdie in five holes at the 15th (328 yards, par 4).

She followed the 67 with a 78 and a 76, for a 54-hole total of 221, which was just good enough. It gave her a one-stroke victory over a pair of South Dakota teammates, Danica Badura and Akari Hayashi. Badura closed with a 70, the best score of the final round by three shots.

Arkansas State won the team competition with a cumulative 914, two better than the 916 that South Dakota put together. Illinois State finished third in the 16-team field with a 923, and Bradley was another shot back in fourth at 924.

This was the second college victory for Ledwein. The first came two years ago at the Babs Steffens Hatter Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla. 

As a result of her victory, Ledwein was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week. It's the eighth time she has earned that honor, which ties her with Danielle Lemek for the most MVC Player of the Week awards in the history of the Bradley golf program. 


Diane Daugherty Invitational 

At Greenbriar Hills Country Club

Par 71, 6,042 yards

Kirkwood, Missouri

March 29-30

Final results 

1. Arkansas State                  301-304-309--914

2. South Dakota                     309-310-297--916

3. Illinois State                       305-309-309--923

4. Bradley                              309-308-307--924

5. Missouri State                    311-311-315-- 937

6. Lipscomb                            322-305-317--944

7. Southern Illinois                  312-320-313--945

8. Loyola                                 320-306-320--946

9. Creighton                            315-322-312--949

10. Drake                                 313-317-321--951

11. Linderwood University       327-314-324--965

12. Northern Iowa                    327-318-321--966

13. Indiana State                      320-325-327-972

14. Omaha                               316-335-329--980

15. Central Michigan                326-332-324--982

16. Valparaiso                           337-343-330--1010

Individual results

1. Taylor Ledwein, Bradley           67-78-76--221

T2. Danica Badura, So. Daklota     75-77-70--222

T2. Akari Hayashi, So. Dakota       77-70-75--222

4. Elise Schultz, Arkansas State    74-74-75--223

T23. Claire Orcutt, Creighton       75-80-80--235

26. Gabby Trembley, Creighton   82-79-75--236

T27. Megan Welch, Bradley         82-80-75--237

T44. Julia Hall, South Dakota       78-83-80--241
T70.  Molly Fossen, So. Dakota   86-85-79--250


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