Consistency is key basis for Lady Cru improvement
The women’s golf team has had a break between play, but players are anxious to get back on the green and win some tournaments this spring.
The Cru’s year-long season began with a first place win in The Lady Bulldog Fall Classic at Texas Lutheran University last semester. Collectively, the
team shot a 639, beating out Trinity University, UT-Dallas, Hardin-Simmons and many more.
They started strong and didn’t falter much in the other tournaments. However, the one time the women had an issue was when they placed 9th in the UMHB Fall Invitational.
Head Coach Darla Kirby said, “We had a pretty decent fall. The only disappointment was our home tournament. It just seemed like everybody
struggled those two days. But we won our first tournament of the year, and we had two 3rd place finishes. So we’re ahead of where we were last year
with our finishes, and also our scoring averages.”
Consistency is something both Kirby and senior sports management major Christi Williams thinks the team can improve on.
“It’s a matter of getting two-day totals together,” she said. “We would have a bad first day, and we would all come back (and play well) the second day. But you have to have both days if you’re going to win.”
Overall, Kirby believes the team has weathered the storm and fought through challenging circumstances.
“At TLU it had rained so much and the course was so wet, but they handled those conditions well,” she said. “They want to win, and you can’t teach that attitude. You either have it or you don’t.”
February 22-23, the ladies will compete in the UMHB Spring Invitational at Mill Creek Golf Club in Salado for the first and only home tournament of the semester. They’ll compete in a few other tournaments as well, but the ultimate goal is playing at Horseshoe Bay April 19 and 20 for the conference tournament.
Kirby said, “Everybody, top to bottom, has to work hard all semester in order for us to improve. We beat all our conference schools the first tournament, but then they beat us in the other tournaments, so it’s up for grabs.”
Senior elementary education major Courtney Nelson said, “I think this year should be our best year. If we’re confident in ourselves, we should do a lot better this semester.”