High expectations set for women’s golf in spring season
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High expectations set for women’s golf in spring season

Published 2/1/18

Dustin Teenor

TNE Writer

The fall season is over and the women’s golf team is looking to grow on their success for the upcoming spring season.

“I think we need to work on our consistency as a team,” said Lexi Armon, Owasso junior. “We all have good and bad rounds, but we need to be able to have four good rounds to count toward the team score each time. It is going to take a combined effort on everyone’s part to get our consistency where it should be individually and as a team.”

The team played in five tournaments last semester, placing fourth in two of their outings. Their best performance was at the Mozingo Lake Golf Course at the MIAA fall preview, placing second out of 16 teams. The RiverHawk women’s team is made up of mostly upper classmen with four of their five bags being juniors. The fifth is a new addition to the team, Sumie Francios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada freshman.

“Sumie is a great addition to our team,” said Ebba Moberg, Sundsvall, Sweden junior. “I believe she can really take a good spot during the coming years at NSU. All members of our team are just as important though. We can’t win if we all don’t play good at the same time.”

Francois earned two top 10 finishes in the fall season, tying for fourth at the Western Washington Invitational and placing second at the 19th Annual NSU Golf Classic in September.

“So far, my first collegiate golf experience has been both challenging and exciting,” said Francois. “It was challenging because the conditions of the golf courses here in Oklahoma are a lot different than what I am used to back at home. Playing in windy conditions was the biggest fight I dealt with during most of my rounds. Back home I am use to practicing almost every day on the golf course, but when I got here in college I could not do that anymore due to school workload.”

The team was picked to finish first by the MIAA preseason coaches’ poll, picking up seven of the 10 possible first place votes. This ranked them nine points above Central Oklahoma, who received the other three first place votes. This will be the expectation that the team will have to live up to going in the back half of the season.

“I think having an older team helps us out by having experience,” said Armon. “Most of us have experienced a time where we didn’t play our best in the fall, but we came back stronger in the spring. It also helps to have a team that has played courses before and have competed in conference championships and regionals tournaments.”

The women’s golf team will be playing Feb. 12-13 in San Antonio at the Dominion Golf Course for the Lady Rattler Invitational.

“We have a great team this year and I cannot wait to get the season going on Feb. 12 in San Antonio,” said Moberg. “I know we are all excited to get back to it and to bring home some trophies.”

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