The Bobcat women’s golf team competed in their first tournament of the season in Utah on Sept. 12-13. Looking ahead to the tournament, head coach Brittany Basye was expecting a top five finish. The Cats got close, but the competition was too tough, and the team ended up with an overall seventh place finish.
The team played 36 holes on Sept. 12 and 18 holes on Sept. 13. After the first two rounds, MSU was tied for sixth with Weber State, a conference rival.
Freshman Kelly Hooper led the team with a three-round total score of 227 to tie for 18th place.
Junior Jaylee Tait shot a 231 for 36th place, sophomore Natassja Meredith shot a 232 for 38th place and freshman Coral Schulz shot a 237 to finish 47th.
“I saw some great things and a ton of talent,” said Basye. “We just need to focus on our course management and play smart.”
The overall finishes from the tournament were Sam Houston State and Cal Poly tied for first place with a score of 898, Southern Utah in third with 900, Eastern Washington with 901 to place fourth, UMKC with 909 for fifth, Weber State in sixth with 913, Montana State with 916 for seventh place, Northern Arizona with 918 for eighth, CSU Northridge and Utah Valley tied for ninth with 922 points each, North Dakota in 11th with 931, Grand Canyon in 12th with 934, Texas A&M Corpus Christi in 13th with 937 and Idaho State finished 14th with 1016 points.
The team’s next tournament was the Washington State Cougar Cup held in Pullman Washington Sept. 19-20. The women who competed for the Bobcats were senior Janelle Reali, Hooper, Tait, Schulz and sophomore Clare Dittemore.
“I am expecting some good play along with smart shots and confident play. These ladies can play great golf, they just need to believe that and focus on strengths and keep grinding on the weaknesses,” said Basye before the tournament.