Golfers finish 11 in Grand Junction
The Chadron State College women’s golf team traveled to Grand Junction, Colorado, Monday and Tuesday to compete in the Maverick Spring Invitational.
The team finished 11 of 12 competing teams, shooting a 354, Monday, and a 359, Tuesday. Sydney Owen, freshman of Rapid City, South Dakota, led the Eagles, shooting back-to-back 86s for an overall scorecard of 172, placing 40th of 66 competitors.
Kelli Haynes, junior of Whitney, fired a 178, good for 46th overall. Sam Rahmig, sophomore of Gering, shot a 181 overall including a solid second-round of 88. Shooting the hottest round of the invitational for the Eagles was Mikayla Gallagher, junior of Spearfish, South Dakota, who marked an 85, Monday, and finished with a total score of 182.
“I was a lot more accurate with my approach shots,” Gallagher said. “The course is narrow at times, so your tee shots and approach shots are super important.”
Rounding out the team scorecard was Karson Langley, junior of Sidney, who shot a 196.
California State University, Monterey Bay, won the team title with a 603, followed by the host, Colorado Mesa, who shot a 608.
The CSC squad will play in Chandler, Arizona, at the Ocotillo Golf Resort for the RMAC Championships, Monday and Tuesday.
There is a lot of water at the Ocotillo, complete with par-3 greens that jetty into the drink and tight water hazards that cross or run alongside the majority of the holes.
“By looking at the course online and having a scorecard, there is a lot of water on this next course and I think it will be great to know we have to be pretty accurate to score well,” Rahmig said.
Every golfer on the team has shown the ability last fall and this spring to shoot in the mid-to-low 80s, and if they all come together next week for the final tournament, they will encroach on multiple teams in the RMAC.