Facing harsh weather, the La Verne women’s golf team finished eighth at the Westmont Cup Warrior Invitational at Olivas Links Golf Course in Ventura in a two-day tournament Monday and Tuesday.
Freshman Jordyn Lanert led the way with scores of 75 and 77, tying for ninth place in the tournament, her best college finish.
“One of my biggest accomplishments this tournament was the clutch par saves that I had the first day,” Lanert said. “With the rain and tough pins, I had some putts that were crucial to male and I can happily say I made them.”
Sophomore Daniela Soto started off the first day at hole 16 and advanced onto each green throughout the following days.
“Making a 30-foot putt that was going slightly downhill to save myself a par was a huge positive that helped me out in scoring,” Soto said. “I plan to improve my mental strategy during my tournaments and learn to keep myself calm as well.”
The second day appeared to be a better day than expected and the Leopards looked forward to improving their play and eager to finish stronger than their start.
Freshman Nicole Siy hit a 99 her first day and a 94 her second day, and focused on not overthinking and staying mentally calm when things may have not gone her way. Siy said she continued to play with a good mindset and finish out the tournament with goals to achieve in practice.
“The tournament was good and it was cool to play a new course. The first day was sort of rough, but I came back the second day and had a much better score,” Siy said. “It was a goal of mine to not overthink and keep calm but I was able to achieve my goal of hitting low 90s the second day which felt amazing.”
Freshman Alexis Aguilera also struggled along with the other Leopards the first day but was able to recover the second day, going out there and doing her best was the mentality for the tournament.
“Accidentally chucking my club 50 yards down the fairway because my club grin was soaking wet from all the rain was a highlight for sure and made me relieve some stress by regrouping myself,” Aguilera said. “I am proud of the team for managing to significantly play much better as a whole the second day.”
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