Golf team in full swing next month

By Barinder Sandhu - Staff Reporter

Bad weather has hampered preparation for this year's women's golf season and the Highline team will need to get its act together quickly in advance of hosting its invitational tournament next month. 

The T-Birds will host Columbia Basin, Spokane, Grays Harbor and Southwest Oregon April 2-3 at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way.

"We haven't had a whole lot of time to practice because of the snow and weather in general," said Head Coach Steve Turcotte.

Weather notwithstanding, Turcotte expects his team to play better than last year.

Highline finished with six points in league to first place Bellevue's 43 points last year.

"We expect to be fairly better than last year, now that most of the girls have a season under their belt," Turcotte said.

Highline is coming off a second-place team finish last fall at the Grays Harbor Invitational Tournament at DuPont's The Home Course Golf Course. Freshmen Aimee Chomngarm finished second overall in the individual competition at that tournament that included competitors from Bellevue, Grays Harbor, Green River and Southwest Oregon.

The women's golf team competes in the Northwest Athletic Conference, consisting of 12 schools with golf teams, Turcotte said.

Teams are awarded one point for each head-to-head win over an NWAC opponent at league matches. 

Individual performances are used for scoring the total team score in golf.

"We have six girls on the team and the top three girls scores are used for the computation of the team score," Turcotte said.

For the upcoming season, matches start toward the end of March followed by the Highline Invitational the first weekend in April, Turcotte said.

 "We're going to find out in two weeks how good we are," Turcotte said. 

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