The University of Minnesota Morris women’s golf team had four members of the squad earn All-UMAC honors for the 2021 season. Justine Day, Hannah Selig, and Payton Sierra were each named First Team All-UMAC, while Shelby Maloney was an honorable mention selection. In addition, Selig was awarded the honor of UMAC Rookie of the Year.
Payton Sierra, a senior from Porcupine, S.D., led Minnesota Morris with a second-place finish at the UMAC Championship over the weekend and her season stroke average of 89.1 edged out Day for the best on the team. Sierra was the medalist at the Cougar Invite on Sept. 25 with a round of 89 at the Pomme de Terre Golf Course and she finished the 54-hole UMAC Championship with a score of 253 (82-86-85).
Day, a sophomore from Walker, Minn., was next up for the Cougars at the UMAC Championship, finishing in a tie for fifth place and ending second on the team with a scoring average of 90.0 for the season. Day was in the top 10 of five tournaments on the season for UMN Morris and had one of the strongest final rounds of anyone in the field on Saturday as she finished the conference championship at 269 (95-90-84).
Selig, a freshman from Morris, Minn., was named the top newcomer in the UMAC after a season in which she recorded a stroke average of 90.7 across 10 rounds. Selig was the medalist at the UMM Invite, shooting a 93 at the Minnewaska Golf Club in Glenwood and was in the top 10 of every tournament except for the UMAC Championship, where she finished in 11th place with a total of 273 (94-89-90).
Maloney, a junior from Kasson, Minn., was an honorable mention All-UMAC selection for the Cougars. Maloney had a stroke average of 95.6 for the season in six events, with three top 10 finishes. At the UMAC Championship, she finished in 15th place with a score of 286 (97-98-91).
The UMAC also gives out a Sportsmanship Award to one member from each conference institution. This year’s Sportsmanship Award for the Cougar women’s golf team went to Payton Sierra.