Sumie Francois has tremendous success as a freshman
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Sumie Francois has tremendous success as a freshman


Dustin Teenor

TNE Writer

As the only freshman player on the NSU women’s golf team, Sumie Francois, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada freshmen, has shown her willingness to step up and be a striking force in the line up.

“My first year here at NSU has gone pretty well so far on and off the course,” said Sumie Francois,. “I made some good friends on campus. Being here at NSU has encouraged me to take my very first step into becoming a more spiritual person. I thank God for everything he has done for me while I am here.”

Before getting to NSU, Francois had 80 tournament wins under her belt. She was named to play for team British Columbia at the Girls Junior Americas Cup in 2016, where she finished tied for 15th individually.

“Being an International student on campus is very different feeling,” said Francois. “Many people would not expect I am an international student who is on the golf team. Many (people) thought I was a basketball player. I find it pretty funny because I am not the person people are automatically expecting me to be.”

Francois has played many great rounds of golf since arriving to NSU. Her best rounds were played at the Lancer Joust tournament at Goose Creek Golf Club in Jurupa Valley, California on Feb. 26, where she shot a 71-79-150, leading her team to a fifth-place finish.

“Every tournament I had the best experiences in, but my best rounds would be in California,” said Francois.

Francois is not the only international student that has been playing for the Riverhawks this season. Her teammate Ebba Moberg, Sundsvall, Sweden junior, is one of three students that come from another country and Moberg is there to support her team every step of the way.

“It’s really fun. We have a lot of things in common,” said Moberg. “Both our climate and culture is very similar between Canada and Sweden. Her golf game is very impressing to watch, too, because she can strike the ball very far. If she keeps in on the course, she can go shoot low scores and we need that to finish this season strong.”

The women’s golf team will be going to play on April 23 through April 25 for the MIAA Championship at Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City, Mo.

“It is awesome to have a freshman come into the lineup and make a big contribution to the team,” said Alexis Armon, Owasso junior. “Sumie has loads of talent and I think she is a great asset now and will be one for her entire career here.”









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