Golf gets off to sluggish start, looks to improve at conference

Both the Sterling College junior varsity and varsity Golf teams opened up their spring seasons in Lawrence, Kan., and Bartlesville, Okla., on March 8 and 9. The men’s varsity headed south and played at Oklahoma-Kansas Wesleyan University Spring Invite. 

The women’s varsity team opened up their season at Ottawa Spring Invite in Oklahoma as well. On the women’s side, three Lady Warriors competed. 

Junior Kaylea Hein finished 13th scoring 83-89. Junior Amber Donker finished 28th scoring 94-91. Junior, Kayle Hein noted that the poor weather conditions were a contributing factor in how both teams played. Freshman Kassidy Brodbeck finished 46th scoring 112-115.

Hein said the poor weather conditions were a contributing factor in how both team played.

“Both teams were playing in very windy weather. This made the courses much more difficult,”she said. “For the men, they went expecting to place pretty high but it was just on off day. This means at conference (KCAC Championships) they will bring it! For the women, we did not have a full team going into the Ottawa invitational. We will have a team going into the conference! We are all excited for the conference and ready! We have been working really hard for it! I am wanting to see our team go out and just play as best as they can, if they do that, the scores will show up.” 

Brodbeck said she is excited for her first KCAC Championship. “I feel really good about how we are going to do. I think personally that this is going to be a really good one,’ she said. ” It will benefit me to have the experience and the practice. I would like to see us win at least one of the conference tournaments, If not do really well and prove that we can be what we are expected to be.”

On the men’s side, All the way at the OKWU Spring Invite, the Warriors struggled but  finished 11th place as a team shooting 319-338-336. Senior Casey Doughterty, tied for 17th with 72-82-78. 

Sophomore Daniel Ramirez, tied for 39th shooting 79-82-89. Freshman Antonio Grande tied for 53rd shooting 82-82-88. 

Freshman Narudol Pinyo tied for 67th scoring 85-92-89.  Sophomore Vincenzo Miravite tied for 68th scoring 84-95-89. 

Sophomore Jacob Nelson tied for 71st scoring (87-89-93) and Freshman Trevor Black tied for 76th scoring 92-94-88.

Overall the Head coach, Tanner George said that even though this was a minor setback, Both teams are moving forward in a positive direction.

“I felt like we played really poorly outside of a couple of the ladies. I think the cold blast we had really set us back as far as preparations much more than COVID,” he said. “We do play in a little different formats sometimes with COVID that I think negatively affected us as well but that is not an excuse for poor performance. I think we set the tone in a negative light but it really gave us a starting place to improve this spring and to push on to what I believe this team is capable of. I know that we are a really talented group of kids.”

Both of the Golf Teams were back in action again in Round One of the 2021 KCAC Championships, March 22nd-23 at Battlecreek Country Club in Broken Arrow, Okla. Results were not available at press time.

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