Senior Lisa Cross led the way for the Western womenâ€™s golf team at the Concordia University Invitational held on Sept. 17 and 18.
Cross shot an 88 on opening day, and followed with an 87 in round two in order to lead the Griffons to a No. 12 finish. Cross wrapped up the tournament by coming up with a tie for the No. 39 seat, and a total score of 175.
Western golf coach Randy McGohan expects big things out of Cross this season.
â€œI expect Lisa to play really well,â€ said McGohan. â€œI think weâ€™ll see regionals for the first time this season, if not as a team then Lisa as an individual.â€
Another big contributor to the Griffon effort was Freshman Abbey Weddle. She posted scores of 88 and 90 to finish with a total score of 178. Freshmen Morgan Eckles and Maria Burge also played in the tournament. Burge shot a 209 while Eckles posted a 228.
McGohan is excited about welcoming three freshmen to the team this year.
â€œIâ€™m just starting to learn what they can do,â€ said McGohan. â€œThey all have a lot of natural talent.â€
The incoming freshmen will play a major role for the Griffons this season. More than half the team is composed of freshmen.
A step higher is sophomore Diedra Twombly who shot a 209 to round out the tournament for Western. McGohan thinks that Twomblyâ€™s competitiveness will help the team. She played golf and basketball in high school.
Twombly is one of the more experienced players on the team despite the fact that she is only a sophomore. She hopes she will be able to help the incoming freshmen make the transition to college.
â€œLast year some of the seniors helped me with golf and school,â€ Twombly said. â€œHopefully I will be able to do the same for some of the new freshmen this year.â€
The Griffons may have a young team, but they still expect big things this year. Twombly thinks that this team can be better than last year.
The team may be in a rebuilding stage, but they expect the freshmen to have an impact this season. McGohan thinks Western put together a solid recruiting class that will improve the team throughout the year, and continue to grow in the future.
The majority of the Griffonâ€™s schedule is in the spring. Western will only compete in three tournaments this fall.
The key to Westernâ€™s season may be how much they are able to improve this fall. The team may look to use the fall tournaments as a tune-up for the spring. This may provide a good opportunity for the younger players to gain some experience before the bulk of the season begins.
One thing the team needs to work on is course management. McGohan thinks his young team will produce big things once they get some coaching.
The team will look to get more contributions from its freshmen when they play in the Kenneth Smith Classic on Oct. 16-17, at Longview Lake.