Women’s golf tees off for new season
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Women’s golf tees off for new season

Published 9/1/17

Dustin Teenor

TNE Writer

A new start to the school year is here along with new opportunities for success for the NSU women’s golf team.

The fall season is beginning with the NCAA Central Region Preview.  The team played this tournament last year finishing fifth overall as a team. Ebba Moberg, then sophomore from Sundsvall, Sweden, led the team and tied for sixth overall as an individual, shooting a 79-76 - 155 leaving her 11 strokes over par for the tournament. Baylee Price, then senior from Broken Arrow, finished just two strokes behind, tying for 13th with a 79-78 – 157, leaving her 13 strokes over par for the tournament.  

The team will have big shoes to fill this year after losing Price. On and off the course, Price was successful. She placed in the top 20 in all her tournaments last season with six out of those 11 finishes being in the top 10 as an individual.  Price also had many awards during her collegiate career, as she lettered all four years during her time at NSU. She also earned Women’s Golf Coaches Association first team all-region honors for four straight years. Academically, Price was named WGCA All-American Scholar all four years. This awarded was given to 952 women collegiate golfers last year in NCAA Division I, II and III. The award requires the student to have a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher. This makes Price the second four-year recipient in program history.

“I think we will do okay without Baylee since we have a new high level recruit but also great returning players on our team,” said Moberg, now a junior. “We will of course miss Baylee since she was a good friend to all of us.”

Scott Varner, NSU women’s golf head coach, picked up a new addition to the team last May. Sumie Fransois, Burnaby, British Columbia freshman, has 80 tournament wins under her belt and was named to play for Team British Columbia at the Girls Junior Americas Cup in 2016, where she finished tied for 15th.

“Sumie is a strong addition to our team,” said Fiona Hakanen, Helsinki,Finland senior.  “She seems to have a lot of the things that make someone a star player.”

Women’s golf is returning four of five last year’s starting bags, a team that had three tournament wins and never finished lower than sixth as a team. The women have many opportunities to capitalize on this season. Last May, the team fell just short of making it through to the national championship tournament by four strokes and finished fourth in the NCAA Central Super Regional. The team was recently 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.

“I think we have a really solid team this year,” said Alexis Armon, Owasso junior. “I am expecting us to have a really good season. I think it is an advantage to have so many returning players. We have four players who have a lot of tournament experience and are coming back with even more confidence this year. We only have one freshman this year, and I think she is going to be a huge asset on the team. With our returners and our new freshman, I am expecting great things from our team this upcoming season.”.


The NSU women’s golf team will play Sept. 5-6 in Olathe, Kan. in the first tournament of the 2017- 2018 season.



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