The women’s golf team opened their season in an exhibition match against University of Montana at the Old Works Golf Course in Anaconda, MT. The match took place Sept. 3-4 to determine the travel team for the Cats’ first tournament, the Utah State – Hobble Creek Classic.
The teams could only play 27 holes before a weather cancellation. Five rounds of qualifying play determined the players who would be competing in Utah: senior Janelle Reali, freshman Kelly Hooper, junior Jaylee Tait, freshman Coral Schulz and sophomore Natassja Meredith.
The Hobble Creek Classic takes place Sept. 12 and 13. The Bobcats hope to have a top five finish. They will compete against teams from Utah Valley, Eastern Washington, Santa Clara, Northern Arizona, Grand Canyon, North Dakota, Cal Northridge, Sam Houston State, Weber State, Southern Utah, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Idaho State, Cal Poly, Missouri Kansas City and individuals from BYU.
“I believe we can get [that top five finish] if the ladies are prepared, as they should be, and stick to their game plans,” Basye said. The team will play 36 holes on Sept. 12 and 18 holes on Sept. 13th. “We have been going since the first day of school and the players have been working very hard in preparing for [this] fall tournament. Each day we will keep working hard and work on our short games and course management.”
The Bobcats have a strong roster and look to turn heads across the Big Sky Conference. “We have nine players on our team and we will be very competitive within our team this year,” head coach Britany Basye said. “We are talented and these ladies can play some golf. I am very excited to see how well we match up in the Big Sky [Conference] and we will be looking for a top four ranking.”
The Bobcats will return to Bozeman for the Pay It Forward Classic at Black Bull Golf Course on Sept. 16.