On Sept. 25, a windy Tuesday afternoon, the Trinity womenâ€™s golf team finished sixth place in the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Lady Crusader Fall Invitational.
â€œOn the first day I think everybody had a good showing for it being the first tournament of the season,â€ said senior Madison Wallender. â€œBut 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.â€
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.
â€œIn particular, I think everybody was really working on consistency and trying to keep a steady focus on our rounds,â€ Wallender said. â€œI 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.â€
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.
â€œI think we played really well for our first tournament,â€ Lee said. â€œThereâ€™s always room for improvement, but overall it was a very good first tournament.â€
On Monday, the menâ€™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.
â€œThe golf course was in great condition after the two days of rain that it received before the tournament began,â€ said sophomore Kalen Vos in an email. â€œOur 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.â€
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.
â€œOur team is looking good and we hope to bring home more trophies in the future,â€ Vos said. â€œWe definitely have the potential to do so!â€
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.