After a hard fight, the women’s golf team came up short as they opened up for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play at Los Serranos Country Club. The team ended with a 787 total score for the weekend, finishing in 8th place. Sophomore Alexi Gonzalez led the Leopards after shooting a 98 on day one and an 87 on day two of SCIAC.
Assistant coach Sunny Marcum said they have only been together and practicing as a team for two weeks. The team has one returning player and four freshmen this season. Marcum and all the players said the condition they played in this weekend was difficult, cold, windy and wet. The course had many lakes throughout which made the greens really fast — making it hard to play the short game. The course was also hilly and was a long eight-mile walk for all 18 holes.
“It was very tough conditions on the course but I was happy our team finished the tournament and nobody quit,” Marcum said.
The players said that the conditions gave them trouble early on but they were able to play through them. Many players said they had struggled at different holes on throughout the course.
“The last hole was the hardest for me because I was really excited to finish because it was a long and cold day,” freshman Alexandra Hauck said. “Because I was playing excited my swing got really quick and for golf, you are supposed to keep your tempo even and stay level headed. So the start of the hole was a little rough but finished fine.”
Gonzalez is the only returning player this season and led the team through each day of the competition this past weekend. Gonzalez says she is really happy and excited about this season and to compete as a team.
“It feels great to have teammates,” Gonzalez said. “Last year Kristen Contreras, Morgan Malloy and I just competed as individuals and we really didn’t have a chance to assess how we were doing compared to the other teams and now that we have a team and I am sophomore and everyone else is a freshman we have a couple years to really get ourselves together and get the program moving in a good direction.”
The coaching staff and all the players are very excited to see their improvement and growth throughout the season. This is the first time since the 2015-2016 that the women’s golf team will compete and score as a team. A minimum of five golfers must complete the tournament for four players to score.
“Only two weeks into the season and having our first tournament with a very young group who is just starting,” Marcum said. “A lot of room for improvement, but I think we can do it because they have such a great attitude and are a great group of girls.”
All of the freshmen are really excited for their first season and to see how they improve. They also want to see how they can compete at a higher level of playing against all different talent levels.
“As a freshman, it feels pretty good. We have a small team and I know we can grow since we are still a small and motivating team, so I am excited to see where the season goes.” freshman Carly Nicholson said.
The Leopards will compete next on March 11 in the Cal Lutheran Regals Invitational at Sunset Hills Golf Club in Thousand Oaks.
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