Golf reflects on current season

Golf reflects on current season

Maurice Hudson, Sports Reporter

As the Winona State University men’s and women’s golf teams come to the midpoint of the season, the teams recap their successes and struggles so far.

Head coach Jeff Straight said prior to the season that the men’s golf team are eyeing redemption this season.

“We have been on the doorstep to win conference, we won conference last year and we were 10 shots from going to nationals, so we are on the door.”

With the team starting off the season with a boost at the Watkins Invitational, getting first out of 15  teams helped set the tone for the season.

Placing from then on with getting fifth at the Super Regional Preview, second at the Ronnie Eastman Invitational and fourth at the Holiday Inn Express Invitational.

It is also worth noting that junior Brady Madsen has repeated as NSIC Men’s Golfer of the Week.

The women’s golf team is going into the season wanting to improve and enjoy golfing.

First-year Toni Baldwin touched on the team’s goal earlier in the season.

“Our team goal is to just play to the best of our abilities, and to really have fun and be relaxed while we play. Everyone on this team is hardworking and capable,” Baldwin said.

Starting the season placing fourth out of 10 teams at the Tracy Lane Memorial event, the first outing of the season.

Despite the women’s team placing 20 out of 22 at the Midwest Classic, they ended up placing ninth out of 14 at the Golden Bear Classic, fourth out of 12 at the SMSU Ramada Mustang Invite, and won the duel against Viterbo University.

The Winona State women’s golf team have the ATU Fall Invitational in Russellville, Arkansas, Monday, Oct. 21 and Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The Winona State men’s golf team have the National Championship Preview in St. Albans, Missouri, Monday, Oct. 14 and Tuesday, Oct. 15 and the Battle For The Belt in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Monday, Oct. 21 and Tuesday, Oct. 22.