Golf team wraps up spring season

By Elohino Theodore, Sports Writer


This season has been pretty successful for Eagles golf, according to sophomore Caitilin Rice.

“We finished sixth at conference, which was a big start for us because we were predicted to get ninth out of [eleven],” Rice said. “We definitely showed that we were competitive when a lot of people didn’t think we were.”

In the beginning of the season, the Eagles played in the Oregon State Invitational and finished in 15th place. In the Washington State University Cougar Cup the team finished 14th, and in the Rose City Collegiate the team finished in 10th place.

As the season went on, the team gradually improved their placing in some of the events. In February, the team played in the Lumberjack event at the Ocotillo Golf Resort and finished in eighth out of 11 teams. The team also finished eighth out of 21 teams at the Red Rocks Invitational.

Late into the season, the team finished second out of 13 teams in the Jackrabbit Invitational. Although they gradually played better, the team finished the regular season off in 15th place at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic.

At the Big Sky Conference Championship, the team finished in sixth place. During the first day of the event, the team finished with a score of 301. On the second day, the team finished with a score of 312 and on the final day the team finished with a score of 298. The overall score for the Eagles at the Big Sky Championship was 911, good enough for sixth place.

Freshman Marissa Borja was satisfied with her performance at the Big Sky Championship. “I know I could’ve done a little bit better. But overall, I was pretty happy with how I did,” Borja said. Borja ended up tying for 18th out of 55 players in the conference championship. She had a total score of 228.

Throughout the season, the team worked on certain techniques such as target specifics. Also, the team did lots of putting drills and short game drills.

Some opponents that were tough to compete against for the Eagles were the Montana schools and Weber State University. “The teams always beat the same teams. Montana, Montana State, and Weber [State] are the ones that, if we can beat them, it’ll bump us up a few. They’re kind of like our rival schools,” said senior Jayme Carbon.

Taking sixth place, Eastern Washington went ahead of most of those schools in the conference. Northern Arizona University was also a tough opponent that the team went up against this season. “[Northern Arizona University] was obviously our goal to beat them and they’re the ones who won conference. They were definitely the strongest looking team,” Rice said.

In a long season that started in September, the team had a lot of highlights that stuck out to them. The most memorable part of the season for Borja was when she made a hole-in-one during a practice round. “That was like my first hole-in-one I’ve ever made, so that was pretty exciting,” Borja said.

The most memorable part of the season for Carbon was the performance the team had at the Big Sky Conference Championships. “Our team had an all-time best finish for a conference tournament. Sixth place was the lowest. I remembered we finished about eighth [previously]. Also individually both me and Morgan [Lee] are the two seniors and we had our career lows on our last rounds, so that was pretty fun,” said Carbon.

With EWU golf over for this school year, there were a few lessons learned. “I learned a lot about teamwork. In high school I was kind of like by myself carrying the team a bit. In collegiate golf, I felt like our team was really put together, we really fed off of each other,” Borja said.

“I think this year the main thing that we learned was that we can go out there and show people what we’re made of,” Rice said.