Women's golf gets rained on

By Colin Phan - Staff Reporter

The women's golf team wrapped up their first league match of the season on Tuesday with a last-place finish.

The match was at Avondale Golf Course in Hayden Lake Idaho, on Monday and Tuesday. Columbia Basin finished on top of the standings with a score of 493, Spokane finished second with a score of 511, and North Idaho finished third scoring 512.

Highline finished with a score of 575. The women finished with a match-high 61 shots above par.

Seattle was hit with a squall over the weekend, and Head Coach Steve Turcotte said that it had a great affect on the performance of his players.

"The weather was lousy for two days," Turcotte said. "It's always tough to play with rain, wind, hail, or just being cold outside."

Although the weather played a large part in the match, Turcotte said that the women don't really have to practice for those kinds of situations.

"You can't really simulate that kind of stuff," Turcotte said. "Sometimes we try to hit some balls if it's raining outside to see how it is, but you can't really re-create those kinds of situations. It's just a mixture of the elements. Avondale is a tough course already, and with stuff like that it takes a while to right the ship sometimes."

The Lady T-Birds were led by Jenna Muller, who finished tied for 18th with a score of 179.

Muller shot 31 above par. The Lady T-Birds also got a 38th place finish from Ruby Lampkey, a 41st place finish from Alyssa Metzger, a 43rd place finish from Aleyah Bennett, and a 44th place finish from Aimee Chomngarm.

Turcotte said he was impressed by Muller's performance, but there is room for her to continue improving.

"Jenna Muller played very well," Turcotte said. "She left some stuff on the course, but they all left a bunch of stuff out there. Next match, we're aiming for a top-six finish. I want to see Jenna finish in the top 10."

Highline's next outing will be at the Skagit Valley at Avalon Golf Links in Burlington on April 29-30.

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