Both the Trinity golf teams opened up the 2014-2015 season this past week Sept. 8-9 at the Texas Lutheran Bulldog Invitational.
The womenâ€™s golf team started off the season with a tournament win. The menâ€™s team opened the season with a seventh place finish.
The lady Tigers won the TLU Bulldog Invitational with a final round score 621.
In the first round the Tigers shot a 313 on (Sept. 8), which put them in the lead. On the second day, Sept. 9, they shot a score of 308 to claim the win.
Trinity finished ahead of Schreiner University, Southwestern University, Hardin-Simmons University, University of Texas-Dallas and McMurry University, all from Texas, in that order. Host TLU withdrew from the tournament.
First year Shelby DeVore had the best individual performance with a final score of 151 and finished second. Behind DeVore, sophomore Hanna Niner and junior Bridgette Lee tied for fourth with a final score of 155.
Senior Alessa Hutter, playing as an individual, came in 10th place with a score of 158. Next, first year Taylor Moser shot a final score of 160 and tied for 12th place. Junior Madeline Moran finished 24th shooting 171 and sophomore Julia Elmore, playing individually as well, finished in 30th place with a score of 178.
â€œThe tournament went really well. We all have worked really hard in the short amount of time we had before this tournament. Everyone went out with a positive attitude and did the best we could,â€ DeVore said.
The Tigers are feeling good about the season and team so far and already have goals to win SCAC and make it to the NCAA D-III national championship for the first time in the programâ€™s history.
â€œThe team chemistry is better than ever this year. At the last tournament, we all were laughing and talking on the range during warm up and after the tournament. Our number one goal this season to keep increasing our national ranking in the hope of eventually going to Nationals in the spring,â€ Niner said.
The Trinity ladies are currently ranked 11th in the nation by Golfstat.
They play in their next tournament on Oct. 12-14 at Golf Week D-III Fall Preview in Sandestin, Fla., at Baytowne Golf Club.
The Tiger menâ€™s team played in their first match from Sept. 8-9 as well at the TLU Bulldog Invitational.
After competing in two rounds, the men finished in 7th place with a final score of 873 after the three rounds.
Reigning champion Schreiner University won the tournament with a score of 837. Host Texas Lutheran University finished second. In third place, one stroke behind TLU, was Southwestern. University of Texas-Dallas came in fourth, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor finished at fifth and McMurry came in at sixth place.
Sophomores Trevor Warner and Will Street had the lowest score among the Tigers at 217, tying for 17th place at the tournament.
Behind them, sophomore Travis Hindle had the nextâ€”best finish at 23rd place with a score of 219. Sophomore, Diego Trevino came in 26th place with a score of 221. Junior Alex Hartzell finished in a tie for 31st with a score of 223. In a tie for 36th place were first year Corbin Cormier and sophomore, Redmond Lyons with a score of 225.
While the team is not where they want to be they are seeing improvement already.
â€œWe continued to get better every round, which will be crucial for our success down the line. We also learned that we have a lot more work ahead of us before we become the team we want to be,â€ Warner said.
The men are currently ranked 20th nationally by Golfstat and 22nd nationally by the GCAA coaches.
From Sept. 21-22, the menâ€™s team will compete in the Tournament Town Championship at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC.