The MSU Golf Team entered day two of the Cougar Cup in fifth place and finished in sixth at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club on Sept. 19. Conditions were poor, including sleeting ice, rain and cold temperatures during day two. The Bobcats completed the tournament after three rounds of golf with a combined score of 921 strokes, 57 over-par.
Sophomore Kelly Hooper led the Bobcats with three consistent rounds of 74, 76 and 76, placing her at 11th overall with a score of 226 strokes. A few strokes behind, senior Jaylee Tait finished day one with a 79, but came back with a 75 on day two for a total of 228 strokes and finishing in 14th overall.
Sophomore Coral Shulz shot a 79, 73 and 82, for a tournament total of 234 strokes, and junior Clare Dittemore followed with a 79, 78 and 80, a total of 237 strokes. Sophomore Delaney Elliott rounded out the Bobcat scores with a scores of 83, 78 and 79, an overall total of 240 strokes.
Sophomore Lilly Navarre played as an individual with a stroke score of 84 in round 3. She kicked off day one with a personal best score of 149 strokes for two rounds and finished in 23rd overall.
Head Coach Brittany Basye was pleased with the consistent results considering the winter-like weather conditions. “Conditions were definitely not favorable,” she commented. “It was windy, rainy and sleeting. We hung in there; no one complained and overall we played pretty good.” In particular, Basye said lead player Hooper “is a great, strong player. She’s consistent and gets better each tournament.”
Hooper, of Pullman, WA, had the homefield advantage for this tournament. She said she enjoyed being able to give her teammates insight on the course. “It’s really exciting to play well and be someone to look up to,” she said. Hooper’s scores remained steady through the snow and rain because she “tried to really focus on every shot. I focus on driving onto the fairway, and then onto the green on the next shot, and to not be too aggressive.”
The Bobcats’ final tournament is on Sept. 23 in Portland. Basye said “confidence and consistency” will be key for the team in these last rounds of the season.