Golf team ready for Spring
By Calvin Domingo - Staff Reporter
The Highline women's golf team will be looking to build off a promising season in the fall and bring that momentum into the spring season.
"We have high expectations for spring. We would like to use the fourth-place finish in a tournament last year as a spring board to good results this spring," Head Coach Steve Turcotte said.
Sophomore Aleyah Ben- nett, who is coming off a Sweet 16 appearance in the North- west Atlantic Conference Tournament with the wom- en's basketball team this past weekend, says that she expects the team to be very competi- tive.
"We should be really good this year. We all lift each oth- er up to be better and work hard. We left off the fall sea- son shooting very good scores [and] I expect to get those scores and [even] better ones this upcoming season," Ben- nett said.
Bennett, a two-sport ath- lete for Highline, says that the biggest challenge in playing two sports at the college level is having to deal with various injuries and having to get ac- customed to different muscle groups within the two sports.
"It is difficult on my body because of my injuries. Since I will be using different mus- cles in golf, I will have to get used to being sore for a few weeks as I transition," Ben- nett said.
As for those who participat- ed in the fall season, Highline is expecting the same players back for the upcoming spring season.
"We have the same play- ers back: sophomores Jenna Muller and Alyssa Metzger, freshmen Shylee McConnell, Reign Becker, and Paige Mel- lum," Coach Turcotte said.
Because golf is still relative- ly a new sport for Highline, re- cruiting hasn't always been the easiest because it's a lot harder to recruit when a program has yet to be established.
However, now that it's been a few years since golf was in- troduced at Highline, Coach Turcotte said that it's gotten easier to bring new players.
"We have signed two play- ers for next fall. It is easier to recruit because we have an established program now, we can give prospective players information about what we have done and where we are going with the program," the coach said.
With that being said, High- line is always looking for more players.
"[We] always want to car- ry a minimum of six players. More would be good too and that would make it a compe- tition to get to those six spots for tournaments. In tourna- ment scoring, the scoring is used by the top three golfers on each team," Coach Tur- cotte said.
In the few years that Coach Turcotte has been coaching golf at Highline, he has al- ready managed to learn a lot in such a short amount of time.
"In the years since we have started the program, I have learned that NWAC golf is good at both the men and women's levels. There is plen- ty of individual talent and now we are getting into the category with the ladies we have playing and the ladies
we have coming in," the coach said.
Coach Turcotte also men- tioned that the ladies have been spending plenty of time putting in work for the up- coming season.
"The ladies have put in good work so far this spring- working on all facets of the game. A lot of time has [been] spent in the short game - they realize that there are many strokes to be gained with a good short game and put- ting," Coach Turcotte said.
Bennett said that the key to success in golf is mindset.
"I think the best way to be successful in golf and in life is to practice mindfulness. [You] really [have] to listen and be aware of everything," Bennett said.
The Highline women's golf team will compete in the Co- lumbia Basin Invitational from March 30-31.