Tag Archives: #women’s golf

Women’s golf gets tough loss in recent tournament

The women’s golf team competed at the NWC Spring Classic finishing seventh out of nine teams at Canyon Lakes on April 5-6.

The team went against some tough weather conditions this last weekend. The team has a rough start in the two-day tournament with having only one player in the top-20. Senior Alexandria Smith led the team on the first day with a score of 88. During the round Smith got one birdy and three pars.

“We played fairly well considering the conditions,” Smith said. “The wind was fairly challenging, but overall we have good holes and bad holes.”

The rest of the team struggled with the course as while with the next person being sophomore Maggie Harlow who ended the first day with a 96. Junior Erin Crofcheck ended the day with a 101 and freshman Laura Waller ended with a 110.

“We didn’t do as well as we would have liked to,” Harlow said. “There were some positive take-aways from the weekend that we will build on for the next tournament.”

The team went back the next day and had mix results on the course. For some of the ‘Cats it was a much better day while for other it was only worse. The Wildcats ended seventh out of the nine competing teams with a score of 798. Smith ended the day with a 93 and the tournament with a final score of 181. Harlow followed with a second day score of 95, Waller with a score of 102 and Crofcheck with a score of 113.

“For me at least, I was sticking the ball well and hitting the greens, but wasn’t putting well,” Smith said. “Today nothing was really coming together between hitting and putting. For the team in general I think the pace of play was slower making it hard to find a groove.”

The women’s golf team will compete at the Willamette Invitational at Broken Top on April 12-13.

“We’re going to continue to work this week on our individual areas of improvement,” Harlow said. “This will hopefully better our team performance in the Willamette Invitational.”

Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor


Women’s golf team falls short on home course

The women’s golf team lost by 21 points with a score of 358 against Lewis & Clark College’s 337 on Oct. 20 at the Michelbook Country Club.

“We think we can get some really low scores,” freshman Abigail Heringer said. “We have been working really hard. We really think that we can do well.”

Leading the team was Heringer who got first out of 12 players with a score of 79. Heringer finished the tournament with 10 pars and one birdie. Other players to recognize are senior Alexandria Smith who finished fourth with a score of 84 and sophomore Maggie Harlow who finished sixth with a score of 86. The other players were junior Erin Crofcheck got a 109, freshman Laura Waller got a 110 and junior Malika Reynolds got a 120. Overall the team scored a total of 28 pars and 1 birdie during the entire tournament.

“I think we did really well,” Heringer said. “We were all happy with are scores. It was a hard course but we all liked where we were at.”

The team is playing next at the Northwest Conference Fall Classic on Oct. 26-27 at Stone Creek to determine if the team continues on in the season.

“We could shot really low,” head coach Brynn Hurdus said. “We have been doing well at practice and playing well. We have to potential to do it, but we just have to pull through we it matters most.”

Stephanie Hofmann / Sports editor


Stephanie Hofmann can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

Freshman takes the lead early in the season

Freshman Abigail Heringer has taken the Northwest Conference by storm this season.  As a first year athlete, Heringer has finished consistently within the top-five players at almost every match this fall season.

As a freshman just making her NCAA Division III debut, Heringer has shown the competition that she is a talented golfer and is a strong asset for the Linfield’s women’s golf program.

Heringer picked up her golf clubs at the tender age of four as her grandparents lived right by a golf course and enjoyed the game themselves. She started to take part competitively in the sport in middle school with her membership to the Salem Golf Club, as well as competing for South Salem High School’s golf team.

“Golf takes a lot of practice for everybody,” Heringer said when asked if her natural talent helped contribute to her success in the sport. “It’s definitely not something you can just pick up.”

A natural strength Heringer does have however is good patience.  This personality trait she admits has helped her become a better golfer.

“I guess that’s what may make me naturally good at golf is my patience, but the technical stuff definitely only comes with lots of practice,” Heringer said.

As the years went on, Heringer began to lose interest in the sport. She admits that at the beginning of high school, she struggled with golf and felt as if she was falling out of love with the sport.

“When I met the golf coach that I have now, he showed me a different side of golf, if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be playing golf here at Linfield. He always knew how to push me as a player and eventually convinced me to play in college,” Heringer said.

Another person who has influenced her golf career is her own grandmother, who introduced Heringer to her high school coach and always supported Heringer during her high school matches.

“She never put the emphasis on winning,” Heringer said. “She was always more focused on whether I was having fun with the sport and not ‘in it to win it.’”

Heringer’s greatest strength she admits isn’t her swing, but her strong mental game.

“I’m relatively short compared to other players in the conference, so obviously hitting for distance isn’t my greatest strength. But when you see me competing you’ll never see me look upset or throwing my clubs and I think that’s one of the things that help me do really well is that I don’t let one bad shot ruin my game,” Heringer said.

Heringer’s mental strength and positive attitude has also proven to be a huge asset for the team as she strives to keep her team looking forward and staying positive.

“I want to help maintain a fun and light atmosphere,” Heringer said. “I like to ask my team mates how they did and listen to what they think they did well in and what they think they need to work on. I also like to point out the brighter side of my team mate’s playing during certain rounds.”

In terms of goals and aspirations for this season, Heringer is looking forward to working on becoming a more consistent player.

“Score-wise, I would love to hit in the 70’s more consistently,” Heringer said. She also expresses that she wants to continue to maintain a healthy relationship with the game and enjoy golfing for the rest of her Linfield career.

The women’s golf program’s next tournament will be a home dual meet against Lewis and Clark College on Oct. 20 at Michelbook Country Club.

By Camille Weber/Sports columnist


’Cats continue on road to conference

The two golf teams played at the Culturama Classic at The Reserve on Oct. 5-7 in Aloha, Ore.

Women's Golf

Senior Ali Smith goes for a chip during a qualifying round at the Michelbook Country Club before a competition on Oct. 5.
Tyson Takeuchi/Senior sports photographer

The woman’s golf team started the tournament off stron  g with two players in the top ten.

Freshman Abigail Heringer was tied for fifth place with a 78 and sophomore Maggie Harlow was at tenth place with an 81 by the end of the first day.

“I thought it went pretty well,” Heringer said. “It was a tough course and there were a lot of bunkers. We were all pretty happy with how we did.”

On the second day, the team ended with daily score of 361, which was eight points lower than the previous day, and a total score of 730.

A highlight from that day was Heringer who was keeping it consistent with a score of 78 and PULL3256-5getting seventh place, leading the team with a total score of 156. The team finished fifth out of seven other schools.

“I think we did okay,” Harlow said. “We hit the ball well a lot, but it just didn’t show in our scores. Overall it was a nice weekend with some good weather.”

The team is taking a week off for practice where they will work on their short game and keeping themselves focused until they face Lewis & Clark University at their duel on their home course, Michelbook.

“We want to work on our mental game,” head coach Brynn Hurdus said. “That’s something we can always work on and that’s part of the reason our scores are so low. They always have a positive attitude, but we need to work on keeping it there PULL3193-3during tournaments.”

The men’s golf team’s tournament started on Oct. 6 and will continue on till Oct. 7.

The team ended the first day in sixth place out of 11 teams. Key players were junior Kevin Kawasaki who is at tenth place with a score of 74 and junior Taylor Pirnke left with a score of 78.

“It could have been better,” Pirnke said. “A couple of guys ran into some bad holes and that made our scores increase. I think we started to get the hang of it and we will do better tomorrow.”

The men’s team will continue their tournament tomorrow and will be playing a previously canceled tournament at The Reserve on Oct. 20-21.


By Stephanie Hofmann/ Sports editor


Wildcats begin season optimistically

The women’s golf team started the season off by earning eighth place at the Pacific Invitational on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22.

“With three returning players, this was the first tournament for two women on the team,” head coach, Brynn Hurdus, said in an email. “It will be exciting to see how each of them grows throughout the season. Our returning players have already shown much promise in the growth of their games even in the first weeks of the season, and they will certainly be key players to follow throughout the year.”

On the first day, the Wildcats were ranked number eight among 12 teams. A few notable players included freshman Abigail Heringer who was at third palace with a 74 and Senior Alexandria Smith got an 83. The team then encountered some rough weather on the second day that presses many players to worse scores than normal, but the team still managed to keep the team at eighth.

“As the season progresses and our new players gain more experience in collegiate tournament play,” Hurdus said in an email. “I see our team also progressing within the conference.  All of our players, new and returning have already grown so much in their games thus far, and I know this will only continue.”

The team is continuing with their season at the Culturame Classic at The Reserve on Sat. 28 to Sun. 29, where the team will be looking forward to improving.

“Well we get a lot of team and individual goals,” Junior Malika Reynolds said. “We have a lot of strong girls who are making really good scores. I think we have a really good chance to place at the top if we keep following our goals.”

By Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor