Lisa Grimes, the director of instruction at Alexandria (Minn.) Golf Club, won the Women’s Stroke Play Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla., by three strokes over Suzy Whaley of Cromwell, Conn.
Grimes shot a final-round 76 after finishing bogey-double, bogey, bogey on her final three holes, but she started the third round with a six-shot lead and held on. After opening rounds of 67 and 70, her final total was 213.
“It’s always nice coming into a new year to confirm that I still have a good game,” Grimes said. “This will get me out playing more and into what I call, ‘tournament mode.’ I’ll take it.”
Besides her share ($2,200) of the purse, Grimes earned an exemption for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship from June 28 to July 1 at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Ill.
U goalie honored
Gophers senior goaltender Sidney Peters was chosen as one of five finalists for the Hockey Humanitarian Award, presented annually to college hockey’s “finest citizen” for leadership in community service. The winner will be named April 6 during the Frozen Four in St. Paul.
A certified emergency medical technician, Peters has logged more than 785 volunteer hours in community outreach activities during her time as a Gopher, including eight days at a Haiti hospital in 2016.
Three awards in a row
Lexy Ramler of the Gophers was named the Big Ten freshman of the week in women’s gymnastics for the third consecutive week. She won the all-around with a score of 39.475 in a dual meet against Nebraska.
Ramler, a former Winona (Minn.) High standout, is first in the Big Ten and 11th in the NCAA in all-around this season with a 39.381 average
• Michigan forward Jack Becker, a freshman from Dellwood, Minn., was named the Big Ten’s third star of the week in men’s hockey. He had the game-winning goal in the Wolverines’ 5-3 win over Wisconsin on Friday and four points in all in a split with the Badgers.
• The Gophers women’s indoor track and field team climbed one spot to No. 10 in this week’s national rankings. Minnesota remains the nation’s event squad leaders for the best foursome in the country by event in the shot put, weight throw, and pentathlon and ranks second in the 5,000-meter run.
• St. Olaf was named the NCAA Division III men’s basketball team of the week by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The Oles, who have won eight in a row, were 3-0 last week and clinched a spot in the MIAC playoffs.
• Seven MIAC softball players were named to the Division III national player watch list. They are infielder Jenna George, the conference player of the year last season, and pitcher Krista Flugstad, both of St. Catherine; Julie Graf, the pitcher and rookie of the year in 2017, and catcher Emily Carr, both of St. Olaf; utility player Melissa Barry of St. Thomas; outfielder Julia Carpenter of Macalester; and catcher Sara Wennerstrand of St. Benedict.
• St. Scholastica and Wade Municipal Stadium were selected to host the 2018 NCAA Division III Midwest Regional in baseball from May 17-21.