Cru golfers swing for final season wins

The Lady Cru golfers were proud to finish fourth place at the Southwestern Invitational March 29-30 even though the tournament shortened their spring vacationing.

Women’s golf head coach and compliance coordinator Darla Kirby said the six-woman team enjoys traveling together.

“As long as we go somewhere where they can buy a T-shirt and take pictures, they’re all very happy,” she said.

Senior Christi Williams tied for 12th place with an 85-91=176 at the Southwestern Invitational.

But she wants to bring home more than just a T-shirt from tournaments.

Her resilience was put to the test after two shoulder surgeries during her college career. One was a total reconstruction, which included five screws.

Courtney Nelson, Mallory McAdams and Christi Williams (left to right) hope to lead the women’s golf team to its eighth American Southwestern Conference victory. The Crusaders will compete in the ASC April 19-20.

Courtney Nelson, Mallory McAdams and Christi Williams (left to right) hope to lead the women’s golf team to its eighth American Southwestern Conference victory. The Crusaders will compete in the ASC April 19-20. Photo by Matthew Peterson

Williams determinedly returned to the game.

Kirby can remember recruiting Williams from high school. She described her as consistent and remembers Williams always wore a lucky red cap at tournaments.

“Everything I saw in high school, I saw here,” Kirby said. “She’s been a tremendous part of the team.”

Williams said she turned down two full-ride scholarships to other colleges to come to Mary Hardin-Baylor.

“I don’t regret it,” she said.

Williams has little to be disappointed about. She was named all conference and all region, and all American academic her freshman year. It also proved to be an exciting season when Williams won her first college tournament.

Senior Courtney Nelson posted the top individual finish for the team and tied for 10th place at the Southwestern Invitational. She also shot her first round in the 70s earlier in the year at the Ladies Bulldog Classic.

Kirby describes Nelson as a “hard worker” and said, “She’s found her niche here.” Nelson agrees.

“This team has bonded more than I think any team in high school,” she said.

Graduate student and golfer Mallory McAdams is a regular on the basketball court, playing four seasons with the Lady Cru, but sometimes filled in for

Garrison Nordt

Garrison Nordt

Kirby on the green. This year, she decided to play both sports.

For McAdams, the highlight of the season was placing second in the Lady Comet Invitational.

“It was good because I relaxed, and I enjoyed it,” McAdams said.

She admits it is sometimes difficult to play two college sports, especially when seasons overlap.

“As soon as one’s over, I go to the next,” she said.

The Cru are looking forward to the ASC and want to finish their last season playing college golf by advancing to nationals.

Williams said, “There’s no other way to go out. (We) want to go out on top.”

Men’s head golf coach Aaron Rodeffer describes senior Garrison Nordt as “transparent.”

Rodeffer said, “He’s going to let you know what he’s thinking.”

The trait will be important to have because Nordt, the only senior on the men’s team, will become Rodeffer’s first student assistant next season.

Rodeffer said, “It’s an opportunity for him to learn the other side of it, and not that many players get that opportunity.”

Nordt has a chance to make history by becoming the first university men’s golfer to have three conference championship rings.

He enjoyed the opportunity.

Nordt said, “It’s been a blast – being with teammates and traveling – everything I would’ve imagined and more.”

Author: Kennan Neuman

Kennan Neuman is a senior mass communication/journalism major with a minor in Christian studies from the small town of Devine, Texas. She is the assistant editor and loves writing stories and designing pages. She also enjoys playing guitar for friends, the girls’ Bible study on Thursday nights and the youth at HBC in Temple. She loves reading a good Lucado book while on the back porch at home, drinking sweet tea and mastering Sudoku puzzles. She also enjoys having a “girls’ night out” and conversations at coffee shops.

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