As many students and staff at Oakland University settled in for the first full week of classes of the 2022-23 school year, the women’s golf team was busy winning its first golf tournament. of the season.

The Golden Grizzlies traveled to Kewadin, Michigan to compete in the A-Ga-Ming Invitational. Oakland recorded a three-day total of 897 hits to narrowly edge Central Michigan’s three-day total of 900 hits.

The invite welcomed four in-state programs – Oakland, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan – as well as out-of-state teams from Green Bay, Purdue Fort Wayne and Chicago State.

The tournament took place on Labor Day weekend, September 3-5.

Freshman Bridget Boczar, sophomore Nateda Her and senior Emily Fleming led the Golden Grizzlies to victory with respective scores of 220 (75-71-74), 223 (75-74-74 and 227 (74-74-79).

Boczar’s twin sister Grace finished with a score of 236 (76-78-82) to help Oakland win.

The Boczars are no strangers to the bright lights that come with being on the big stage.

Last fall, as seniors at Plymouth High School, the sisters clinched first and second place in the Division 1 state championship at Grand Valley State University. Bridget scored 143 and Grace finished just one shot behind her with a 144.

Now, as freshmen at Oakland, the Boczars will be responsible for carrying much of the Golden Grizzlies this season.

The win marks head coach Sarah Burnham’s first in her tenure at Oakland. The freshman head coach replaced Alyssa Gaudio in the offseason.

Burnham was officially hired as the team’s head coach on July 1 and is off to a great start in her first season with the Golden Grizzlies.

Last season, Oakland also made it to the A-Ga-Ming Invitational, but the Golden Grizzlies only missed three shots at Central Michigan. The 2021-22 team went on to win the Horizon League Championship before being knocked out of the NCAA region in Ann Arbor quite easily.

This season, the Golden Grizzlies beat the Chippewas – and six other teams – to win the season opener.

Oakland is now enjoying an extended break during the fall portion of its season. The team will travel to Yorktown, Indiana to compete in the Cardinal Classic on September 19-20.

Although the team stays pretty local throughout the fall, the trips become much longer and more enjoyable as the year progresses.

In February, the Golden Grizzlies will travel to Florida to compete in the Motor City Cup.

Later in February, Oakland will travel to Rio Verde, Arizona to participate in the Rio Verde Invitational. The Golden Grizzlies will then return to Florida in March to compete in the Spring Break Shootout.

The regular season will end in Bowling Green, Ohio, before the Golden Grizzlies make a third trip to Florida to try to defend their Horizon League title from a season ago. If Oakland succeeds in the aforementioned task, it will make its second straight NCAA Regionals appearance.