By: Brady Pfaadt

The women’s golf teams’ spring season is underway. The team opened its season at the Saginaw Valley State University Invitational. The Knights finished tied for 14th after posting rounds of 340 and 355. Senior Katie Gathof finished 13th in a field of 100 by posting a final round score of 75.

Gathof leads the team again this season, and last year she led or tied for the team lead in six of the Knight’s nine events.

Through the fall season the Knights placed in the top 50 percent just once. The team looks to improve on their recent play.

“We have had some unexpected roster changes in the past year or so and are still trying to figure out what to expect from everyone. I think we would like to see our score drop five to 10 strokes. We would also like to be a little more consistent,” sophomore Savannah Trussell said.

Although the team has had recent struggles, members said they believe they are showing signs of potential.

“After the fall season, we are showing flashes of greatness. We have a young team that is beginning to capitalize on our potential,” Gathof said.

The team is dominated by underclassmen. Out of the eight team members, seven are freshmen or sophomores. This has led Gathof to do a lot of leading on and off the course.

“Katie has helped me in a lot of ways as she is always trying to help on the course and in the classroom. No matter how Katie plays she is always more excited when her teammates play well,” freshmen Hailey Scott said.

The team’s goals are just to improve. The team wants to take it day by day, tournament by tournament.

“Our goal this season is just to improve. We have been talking about scoring in the 330-335 range. Our hope is to finish in the top third of our conference,” Trussell said.

The Knights next contest will be the Perry Park Spring Fling hosted by Lewis University.

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