posted May 9, 2001

Hope Golfer Lacey Wicksall Qualifies for National Tournament

HOLLAND -- Hope College freshman Lacey Wicksall of Traverse City (Traverse City Central HS) will compete in the NCAA Division III women's golf championships to be held May 15-18 at the Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur, Ill.

It marks the fifth consecutive year that a Hope golfer has earned a berth in the national championship tournament and the eighth time in nine years.

Last fall Wicksall was the medalist of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) with a conference record tournament average of 80.7 strokes. This spring she was medalist in two of four qualifying events.

Wicksall will be bidding to become Hope's third All-American female golfer. Ellen Colenbrander, a 2000 graduate, achieved All-America status twice, finishing seventh in 1998 and eighth last year. The best finish by a Hope golfer was fifth place by Lisa Stover in 1994.

The host college for the tournament will be Millikin University. The field includes 10 teams consisting of five players and 10 individual qualifiers.

Wicksall is one of two golfers to qualify from the MIAA. The other is Albion sophomore Stacy Chapman from Grosse Ile.

The tournament will consist of four 18-hole rounds over four days beginning Tuesday, May 15. Methodist College of North Carolina is the defending national champion.