Golfers finish 10th at RMAC tourney
The CSC women’s golf team wrapped up its season in Chandler, Arizona, Tuesday at the RMAC Championships. The team finished 10 of 12, with a 709 total, ahead of Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota, and Adams State University, Alamosa, Colorado. Regis University Denver, won this year’s tourney shooting a 616.
On day one, the team shot 364, but countered with 345 on day two. Cutting off 19 strokes was tied for the biggest improvement of any RMAC team from day one to day two. This drop in score came largely from Sydney Owen, freshman of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Karson Langley, junior of Sidney. Owen bettered her first-round score by 10 strokes on day two, good for a 174 and tied for 37th place overall, while Langley dropped her strokes by eight, resulting in a 180 tally and 46th overall. Sam Rahmig, sophomore of Gering, played consistent golf and finished second on the team with a 176, and placed 40th overall. Kelli Haynes, junior of Whitney, shot 179 overall, and cut five strokes on her second 18. Mikayla Gallagher, junior of Spearfish, South Dakota, fired 187 on day one, and also improved by five strokes on day two.
On paper, the Eagles are set to return every golfer from their 2016-17 campaign into next year. Expectations in sports are a common misstep, but there is nothing negative about returning five golfers. Golf is a game that demands repetition and knowledge of competing courses, and the more times somebody plays a course, the better they will become. The shots become more familiar, yardage is logged for reference, and comfort with the presenting green conditions will grow. As a golfer matures through trial and error, they figure out the balance of what-not-to-do and the right play in given situations. All of this culminates into a grasp for the game, and it will be compelling to see where the CSC women’s golf team progresses in the fall of 2017.