I started golfing because my dad is a golf course superintendent, so I grew up on the golf course and learned how to play. I golfed in high school at Aberdeen Central in South Dakota and placed all-state my junior year. As a team, we placed second my junior and senior year at state.
I found Northland when I was going through the transfer process. I went to Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut, my freshman year, and decided I wanted to be closer to home. Golf definitely played a role in my decision to come to Northland because I wanted to be able to participate in both hockey and golf.
For next season, I have set goals to place top five at the UMAC conference and to lower my average so I consistently shoot in the mid to low eighties.
Golf has definitely made my college experience. The teammates and friendships I have made being a part of Northland’s golf program is something I will never forget. I can’t thank my teammates and coach enough for always being there for me and supporting me both during and out of season.
Junior Mikayla Santjer, a biology major with a focus on pre-veterinary medicine, plays women’s hockey and golf for Northland. In the last two years, she’s been named to the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Women’s Golf All-Conference First Team.