Western golf heads to Omaha

By Mika Cummins

March 27, 2014

The ladies of the Western golf team will host the Omaha Invite this weekend, March 30 and 31, in Omaha, Neb. The Griffons have participated in seven tournaments in their 2013-14 season, but have only competed twice this spring. Western welcomed 16 teams on March 23 and 24 to compete in the Holiday Inn Golf Invitational. On day one, the Griffons shot up in the rankings. Callie Wilson, who hit an (81) for the first round, led Western and was tied for ninth overall. Madison Romjue claimed an (87) round to place her in second for Western, and tied her for 31st overall. Day two of the Holiday Inn Golf Invitational was cut short due to snow. The Griffons would claim eighth place out of the 16 teams. “Now that we’ve started seeing two golfers break into the top 20 and top 10, it’s going to put pressure on the other ones. All it’s going to do is push them to be that much better,” head coach Greg Dillon said. Western will be heading to Omaha, Neb. for the Tiburon Invitational, along with several schools. Upper Iowa will be making an appearance, as well as Sioux Falls. The Peacocks placed fifth at the Holiday Inn Golf Invitational. Grace Onsurd, who lead Upper Iowa, hit an (83) round, tying her for 14th overall. Christy Nelson hit an (84) round, placing her second on the Peacocks and tying her for 19th overall. The Cougars claimed 14th place at the Holiday Inn Golf Invitational. Tavia Rutherford also hit an (83) round, tying her with Onsurd of Upper Iowa for 14th overall. Rutherford led Sioux Falls. Mikaela Theobald hit an (89) round, placing her second on Sioux Falls and tying her for 40th overall. While Western will be up against some tough competition, the team is optimistic about their chances. “I think [the chances] are better. Obviously, they’re going to be going against some really good teams up there,” Dillon said. “But, as long as we can have some steady finishes, we can maybe even get into the fifth or sixth. We just got to keep pushing those scores down.” The Griffons, who placed as high as third in the fall, are hoping their new strength conditioning regimen and practices in the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex have improved their talents and will give them an advantage. “We’ve only been outside a couple times since then. But we’ve noticed, in all of us, that we’ve been hitting the ball farther,” sophomore Amber Chivington said. Overall, Dillon has noticed the steady improvements the team has made throughout the season. “We are on the up swing, there’s no question,” Dillon said. “The biggest thing we wanted to do was change the culture and change the way we did things in the off season.” Western will start the Omaha Invite on Sunday, March 30 in Omaha, Neb at 8:00 a.m.