Joshua Meribole –Staff Writer
Golf: swinging, strategy, aiming, calculating and judging the Northwest Iowa wind to make the shot.
On Oct. 9 and 10, the Dordt College women’s golf team competed in the GPAC tournament at The Bluffs in Vermillion, South Dakota. The team finished 10th out of 11 teams. The GPAC tournament will continue at the end of April when the team plays another 36 holes at Quail Run in Columbus, Nebraska.
“Historically, we have been number 11 in the conference, the last place team, so we have moved up a little bit,” head coach Mark Christians said.
“Golf can be a very frustrating sport,” said junior Autumn Vos. “You can have a good day and do very well and you can go back the next day and do awful. But those few shots that are good make you want to go back and improve and do it over and over again.”
Although ranking 10th, the women’s golf team looks forward to improvement in its ranks, when the GPAC Championship resumes next spring.
“The good thing about our team is that we are quite young,” Christians said. “The two top players at the women’s fall golf season were Alyssa Fedders and Erin Olsen; they are both sophomores.”
Fedders shot an average of 85 and Erin Olsen had an average of 90 on the season.
The team has a total of 10 players and none of them are seniors, so they will retain their whole team after this season.
In one of their meets this fall season, the women’s golf team broke the previous record of 351 by shooting a total of 348 at Two Rivers Golf Club in Sioux City, Iowa. The score of 348 is the combination of points from four out of five golfers that play in a meet.
“We all played well that day and we ended up beating the school record,” Vos said.
Christians is hoping the women finish the spring season ranked eighth.
“Collectively, we have a great team of girls,” Christians said. “They get along well, they practice hard. They’re passionate about golf [which] is what you have to have on a team.”
For a golfer to get better, Christians says the key is repetition, competition and observing. The Dordt team practices Monday through Friday and players put in an average of 12 to 16 hours of practice a week on the Ridge Golf Club.