Golf teams putt their way to victories away

On Sept. 25, a windy Tuesday afternoon, the Trinity women’s golf team finished sixth place in the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Lady Crusader Fall Invitational.

“On the first day I think everybody had a good showing for it being the first tournament of the season,” said senior Madison Wallender. “But on the second day we did struggle a little in the high winds. Overall, I know we can definitely improve, but we did hold our ground for it being the first tournament of the season.”

Wallender was the top finisher for Trinity, coming in 13th place overall with a total score of 164. Junior Molly McCarthy finished behind Wallender in 20th place overall, while first-year Brigette Lee and junior Molly Zumbro both finished in the top 30 for Trinity.

“In particular, I think everybody was really working on consistency and trying to keep a steady focus on our rounds,” Wallender said. “I know golf is really a mental game and those last few holes can really get in our heads and everyone did a really good job of keeping a slow pace on and not letting those scores get in their head.”

Overall, Trinity combined for a score of 342 in the second round. Tyler Junior College won the tournament, followed by Schreiner University in second place and Western Texas Community College in third place.

“I think we played really well for our first tournament,” Lee said. “There’s always room for improvement, but overall it was a very good first tournament.”

On Monday, the men’s golf team came in third place at the Al Jones Memorial Tournament and Cascades Golf Club. Although tied for fourth after the first day, Trinity combined for a score of 300 on the second day to move up into third.

“The golf course was in great condition after the two days of rain that it received before the tournament began,” said sophomore Kalen Vos in an email. “Our team started out a little slow the first day because we were not able to play a practice round the day before due to the rain. However, we fought back the second day of the tournament and managed to snag a third place team plaque.”

Vos led the Tigers, finishing fifth with a score of 147. First-year Alex Hartzell followed behind Vos with a score of 151, to put him in 11th place, while junior Tyler Lehman finished 22nd, with a score of 154.

University of Texas-Tyler won the event, followed closely by University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Trinity men compete next at home in the Alamo City Classic.

“Our team is looking good and we hope to bring home more trophies in the future,” Vos said. “We definitely have the potential to do so!”

The women will compete next on Oct. 15-16 at the Schreiner Fall Classic in Kerrville. The weekend after, both teams return home to host the Alamo City Classic at River Crossing Golf Club in Spring Branch.