Women’s golf is getting stronger every tournament
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Women’s golf is getting stronger every tournament


Dustin Teenor

TNE Writer

The women’s golf team went to California in late February to play in a tournament hosted by California Baptist University. The team improved their play from the previous tournament in San Antonio, finishing 5th out of 18 teams.

“Our overall attitude was very different in California compared to Texas,” said Ebba Moberg, Sundsvall, junior from Sweden. “Apart from the course being very different and the weather was so much better, our mental game was on a better level and we competed more like we have done previously.”

Sumie Francois, freshman from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, had the best first round score for the team, finishing with a score of 71. Francois also finished with a total 150 for the tournament, shooting the best final score for the team. 

“With all the mental work I put in during the off season, I just try my best to continue having faith in myself this is going to pay off in the long run,” said Francois.

The team’s success seemed to carry over into their latest tournament in Edmond at the Southern Nazareene Ford Classic, as they finished tied for 3rd. The team shot the second-best round score during the tournament with 308. The only team that a had better round was Henderson State University. Henderson State won the tournament with a total overall score of 622. The RiverHawks finished 14 strokes behind Henderson.

“Playing well will leave us on a positive note and encourage us even more to win again, “said Moberg. “It will set a better spirit and attitude on the team overall, as well as motivate us to work harder. If we (hadn’t performed well), we know that we have plenty of time to work on what we need to do better next time.”

 Moberg shot the best round for the team, shooting a score of 73 for the first round of action. She also finished the tournament tied for 5th as an individual and lead the team with a final score of 155.

“We improved our attitudes in California and I believe that will help us moving forward in the spring,” said Moberg. “Our team dynamic was good, and we practiced on our weaknesses together to boost each others confidence. We encourage each other to not get down on ourselves and that helps us be a better team as well as better individuals.”

The biggest improvement of the team came for Lexi Armon, junior from Owasso, who finished tied for 82nd  individually in California and came back the next tournament shooting 10 strokes better, finishing tied for 14th in Edmond.

“I think playing good in Edmond will be a huge confident boost heading into the rest of season,” said Armon.“We will be able to take that confidence into practice and keep improving throughout the time until our next tournament.”

The next tournament will be Apr. 9-10 in Springfield, MO for the Spring Central Region Preview at the Rivercut Golf Course. This will be the last tournament the women RiverHawks will play before the NCAA Championship tournaments begin.

“We all have been trying to be very supportive of each other and boost each other’s confidence,” said Armon. “I think we did take a huge step, but we have better things to come.”


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