Small but mighty: Women’s golf team beats out the rest

Despite difficult weather conditions, Linfield’s women’s golf team took a solid lead for first place both days of the Pacific Invitational on March 17 at the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club.

“At the first tournament, we didn’t necessarily see our best scores, but it was good to get back out on the course in a tournament environment and get back into the tournament vibe again,” junior Brinn Hovde said.

Sophomore Hannah Christianson finished first overall with scores of 87 and 83. Senior Sophie Corr, who placed sixth, shot scores of 90 and 95. Sophomore Alexandria Smith placed fifth with scores of 91 and 86. Senior Lydia Smith finished ninth overall with scores of 99 and 95, and Hovde finished eighth with 101 and 90.

“Last weekend, I noticed my long irons and 50-yard chips were not very good,” Lydia Smith said. “So, I was able to focus on those this week, and today those shots improved and were a lot better than last week.”

Coming into the tournament, the women anticipated the weather as a challenge.

“The Reserve was flooded, muddy and cold, which are not uncommon conditions that we will be experiencing all season. It’s just another obstacle that we will have to overcome,” Hovde said.

The team expected to have better performance and scores than at the PLU Invitational on March 10 and 11. They also hoped the second day of the tournament would be better than the first.

“Before today, I anticipated that we’d play even better than we did last weekend. As a second tournament, we’ve had more practice, and we’re competing against fewer teams this time,” Lydia Smith said. “Unfortunately, today did not go as well as we had hoped. The weather wasn’t very good. I’m hoping that tomorrow goes better now that we have experienced these conditions.”

As for the team itself, the women are confident in the compatibility of the players, despite their lack of numbers.

“Our team is looking pretty good. We can all shoot around the same score, and a few of us can shoot lower. But it’s fun playing on a team where we are all about the same level,” Lydia Smith said. “We’re hoping more girls will join the team next year though. It’s always nice to have a few extra girls in case someone gets injured.”

The women look forward to improving during the spring season and hope to grow as a team.

“Our biggest challenge will be keeping positive and not dwelling on the bad shots and rounds. That will help us become a stronger and more solid team overall,” Smith said.

The team plays in the Northwest Conference Spring Classic on March 31 and April 1 at the Wildhorse Golf Course.

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