NSU women’s golf takes second in Edmond
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NSU women’s golf takes second in Edmond


Ebba Moberg

TNE Writer

NSU women’s golf continued their fall season with a second-place finish at the UCO Classic in Edmond. The field was considered strong with almost all the schools ranked in the top-10 in the region there playing. However, NSU golf Head Coach Scott Varner expected the RiverHawks to finish on top.

“The UCO tourney was ours,” said Varner. “We had a two-shot lead with four to play, but we have got to be solid from start to finish and be mentally tougher to win tournaments. Ebba Moberg is playing at a high level right now, I am proud of her. She is doing what you want your best player that is a senior to do, she has carried us over the last 3 tournaments. Freshman Aitana Hernandez has been a very pleasant surprise, she is our solid two-bag right now.”

After the first day of play, the RiverHawks were sitting in second place after matching their lowest round of the season, carding a 296 with Kelsey Lumpkin leading the way with a one-over, 72. Lumpkin was tied for third, five strokes back of the lead after the first day of play.

“I am happy with my game in this tournament, I was solid off the tee and kept the ball in play which kept my scores low,” said Lumpkin. “My fall season has not been as good as I would have liked it to be, but I feel good going into the Muskogee tournament after playing well in Edmond. The spring looks good for us, we have a great line up and I am excited for what the spring season brings.”

Following Lumpkin was Moberg with a score of two-over, 73, which had her tied for eighth place. One stroke behind the two seniors was Hernandez with a four-over score of 75. Lexi Armon was a shot behind Hernandez and tied for 24th place. Nina Lee carded an 81 to round out the NSU starting five the first day of play.

“The golf club of Edmond is always an interesting course to play,” said Armon. “There are some tricky holes that in the past have really hurt us as a team. This year I think we did a great job with our course management, which helped us stay away from bigger numbers unlike some previous times at this tournament.”

The RiverHawks were only one stroke behind Southwestern Oklahoma for the tournament lead.  However, only four strokes separated the top-four teams on the leader board heading into Tuesday's final round. Solid play kept the RiverHawks in the mix during the first nine on Tuesday, but some mistakes were made on the back nine and the RiverHawks were overtaken by Arkansas Tech, who won the tournament.

NSU finished two strokes behind ATU and placed second at the UCO Classic. Moberg earned All-Tournament honors with a 146, 73-73, and was tied for third. Lumpkin was two shots back of Moberg with a 148, 72-76, and tied for eighth place. Hernandez and Armon both were tied for 15th place with matching 151s. Lee rounded out NSU with a 159, 81-78, and was tied for 36th place.

“The tournament in Edmond was a great learning experience for me,” said Hernandez. “The course was tricky but in good shape. The greens were extremely fast and most of the time I did not know where to aim or how hard to hit the ball to get it into the hole. It for sure taught me to keep fighting for every shot, every putt and every hole to help the team. Coming to the U.S. for college has helped me improve both as a person and as a player and I am really happy I took this step.”

Going forward the NSU women’s golf team will host the Central Region Preview at Muskogee Country Club, where 18 teams will fight for the title. Both the girls on the team and the coaching staff have high expectations to compete hard at home, since playing at home gives them a big advantage on the rest of the field.

“I am going to put a lot of focus into my putting going into the tournament at Muskogee, I think that will be essential to play well out there,” said Armon. “I have high expectations for myself as well as my team. We have a lot of talent and we should be able to show case that on a course we know well. I also think we are capable of bigger things as a team. I think we need to really focus on making this last fall tournament a good one and then go from there when we start again next spring.”

The NSU women’s golf team will be back in action on Oct. 16-17 at Muskogee Country Club, where they will host the Central Region Preview to close out the fall season.


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