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Women’s golf prepares for harsh conditions in upcoming tournament

Women’s golf prepares for harsh conditions in upcoming tournament

Women’s golf prepares for harsh conditions in upcoming tournament
March 21
18:06 2019

The North Texas women’s golf team aims to carry over their success from recent golf tournaments into the Mountain View Collegiate Tournament in Tucson, Arizona from March 22-24. 

The Mean Green are going into the tournament after competing in the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Hawaii. They placed fourth on the final day and finished the tournament at 39-over par, seven shots behind third-place Texas A&M. Texas, who is ranked No. 2 in the nation, tied with Southern Methodist at 23-over par for first place. They’ll look to replicate their success as they prepare for their tournament in Arizona.

“We had a very strong showing in Hawaii last week and we’re eager to get out and compete in Arizona,” head coach Michael Akers said.

North Texas is preparing to rematch with Texas A&M and Southern Methodist while planning for new competition, such as Washington and Houston. The women’s team will also have to practice how to play effectively with the terrain and climate characteristics that will be present in Arizona, where the elevation is 3,200 feet above sea level.

The heightened level of elevation will cause the ball to go further than normal, according to Akers. There will also be desert-like conditions with firmer grass as the surface of the terrain and a hotter climate as well. Despite North Texas having to adjust their golf play to the uniqueness of the terrain and environment, their expectations for how they perform remains the same.

“The expectation is to break par every round, beat the golf course and then see how [we] stack up,” Akers said. “We have a lot of confidence, golf is so mental. The girls realize that they’re playing with the top teams in the country and there wasn’t a difference, so we have to take advantage of that confidence.” 

According to Akers, North Texas has four impactful players that have been very interchangeable on the golf course. During the last tournament, freshman Audrey Tan and senior Sabina Pena led the team who tied for No. 14 at nine over par. Sabina said the team’s recent success has impacted the team’s morale and confidence heading into this tournament.

“I think our team chemistry is pretty strong and that helps us get better every day and builds confidence in that we can rely on each other on and off the course,” Pena said.

 The tournament before that, freshman Patricia Sinolungan led the team after ending with a three-over par and placing No. 11. Lauren Cox, who led the team alongside Sinolungan last fall in their final tournament for the semester, finished eight-over par and ranked No. 16. The freshman looks to continue her recent success in Arizona.

“It’s mostly adapting and adjusting mentally for the conditions,Sinolungan said. “We’re excited to take the momentum from the previous tournaments and finish better in this tournament.”

Featured Image: Mean Green freshman Audrey Tan practices her stroke at UNT’s indoor golf facility. Image by: Will Baldwin.

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