Women’s golf finished in 5th place at the Texas State Invitational on Feb. 9. The team held a score of 882 (+18) against the leading score of 859 (-5) from Tulsa University.
Sophomore Jinnapat (Pear) Rittawee, led the lady bears to 5th place with a tie in 11th place and a tally of 219 (+3). Rittawee added five birdies in round two and four more in the final round.
“The team did a great job,” Sophomore, Elin Kumlin said. “It’s always hard with the first tournament of the year since you haven’t competed in a while, but I think that everyone showed that they’ve been working hard during off-season. We did not quite do as good as we hoped, but it’s for sure a good start.”
Kumlin finished right behind Rittawee in 13th place with a combined-tournament total of 220 (+4). She gained a large leap from 21st place in the final round by nicking four birdies.
Weather was an issue for this tournament and threw a lot of the golfers game due to the delayed warmup.
Monday brought a two hour and fifteen minute fog delay and Tuesday was a fight to resist the wind.
“Some wind is expected when you play in Texas.” Kumlin said. “For [Tuesday] the wind changed direction and the course played very different. The short holes became long and the long ones short. It’s things like that you’ll need to be able to adapt to as a golfer, and to have a game plan for every type of weather and wind.”
Despite the fog and wind, freshman Camilia Moreno finished in 24th place. On Monday, she had a final score of 147 (+3) and was tied at 16th place. On Tuesday she picked up two birdies and finished with a score of 76 (+4). Moreno ended with a final score of 223 (+7).
Freshman, Pim-Orn Thitisup concluded the tournament with a tie for 35th with a total of 226 (+10). She was tied in 21st for the first two rounds on Monday.
Last but not least, Sophomore, Karley Whittingon had a second-round score of 74 (+2) and was tied for 12th with a score of 146 (+2) on Monday. Due to the winds of Texas, she clipped three birdies and finished with a total of 81 (+9). In all, she ended with a three-round score of 227 (+11). This put her in 38th place.
“Overall I’m proud of my team and their effort this week,” Kumlin said. “As I said, it’s the first tournament of the year and it really shows if your work over break has been good or not. I was happy about my effort too, I started off a little rough the first round, but came back pretty well. I’m very excited about this season and I think that this team can do some very good things.”
These ladies will be back on the course on Mar. 14 for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate at English Turn Country Club.