The women’s golf team started out strong on day one of the Rose City Collegiate Tournament on Sept. 26 in Aurora, Oregon with scores of 304 and 289, and completed the tournament tied for seventh place of 14 teams. The Bobcats finished the season with a record-tying score of 289 strokes in round two of day one, the best team score for 18 holes in Bobcat program history.
Sophomore Delaney Elliott stayed consistent throughout the tournament, scoring 223 total and leading the Bobcats through day two. Senior Jaylee Tait was a few strokes back with a grand total of 227, and she was closely followed by sophomore Kelly Hooper and junior Clare Dittemore, who both snagged scores of 229. Sophomore Lily Navarre contributed 230 strokes to the team score. All Bobcats finished within the top 50 golfers in the tournament.
Sophomore Coral Schultz played as an individual and placed tied for 16th overall with a final score of 223. Schulz added to the momentum of the first day with a one-under-par score of 71 in round two.
Head Coach Brittany Basye was pleased with the energy of day one, but was disappointed after the day two scores and finish. “We started good and then deflated on the second day,” she said, “I didn’t see any fire on the course.” According to Basye, the last five holes were difficult due to windy conditions, but emphasized that this was not an excuse for the team to lose their competitive edge.
“We improved on hitting the fairways and getting a lot more pars and more birdies,” Basye said of this year’s fall season. Basye says the Bobcats still need to work on the mental aspect of the sport, as well as long putts and green reading. For the spring season, the team will work on applying the positives and negatives of this season and work hard, but most importantly, Basye said, “We need to find a way to win.”
This was the last tournament of the fall season for the Bobcats, and they will compete again Feb. 12-13, 2018 in the Battle at the Rock tournament in Riverside, California.