2016-17 CLEVELAND STATE ATHLETICS TOP-10 MOMENTS
Over the course of the next two weeks, the Cleveland State Department of Athletics
will revisit the 2016-17 season with a look at the top-10 moments of the year.
A new moment will be revealed each day (Monday through Friday) from June 5-16.
With a lineup that featured two juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen, Cleveland State was the last team standing at the Horizon League Championship to claim the first title in program history.
After an opening round 319 put CSU in fourth place, the Vikings carded a tournament-low round of 302 during the second round to vault into first place by one shot after 36 holes. Four teams – CSU, Northern Kentucky, Youngstown State and Oakland – were within four shots of the lead heading into the final 18 holes and traded the top spot of the leaderboard throughout the day.
Ellie Cronin and Emily Turski both shot 77 on the final day and Kaylee Neumeister's dramatic eagle on the par-five, 18th hole solidified CSU's lead. And when Rayna Oosterhuis came in with birdies on three of her final seven holes, it allowed the Vikings to clinch the League title by three shots over YSU.
Oosterhuis put together a strong three days with rounds of 74-74-75 (223) to finish as the individual runner-up and earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Her first two rounds of 74 were career-low rounds as she posted her best finish at CSU.
Neumeister, who was named to the All-Horizon League first team, was sixth overall at the League tournament, while Cronin tied for 11th place. Turski, who shot an opening round 91, rebounded with a career-low round of 75 and 77 over the final two rounds to tie for 20th place. Junior Sophie Kelner, who was voted to the all-league second team, tied for 27th place.
The Vikings were selected to compete in the NCAA Columbus Regional after capturing the Horizon League's automatic bid. CSU finished the 2016-17 season with a single season school record scoring average of 317.2, breaking the old mark by three shots.
In addition, the Vikings won two events this year and had the second lowest round in school history with a 301 in the final round of the EKU Colonel Classic.