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There were a couple of “firsts” in last week’s golf tournament for the St. Catharine College women’s golf team. It was the first time that most of the team, being freshmen, played in a college tournament. And, as coach Joan Rizer said, it was the first time that a team of hers has played golf in the snow.
The tournament was played Monday and Tuesday at London Country Club hosted by the University of the Cumberlands. The Patriots finished sixth in the six-team field with a 36-hole total of 930. California Baptist University won the tournament with a 626 total.
“Our girls are really trying hard, but they are freshmen and they are not used to playing the long distances of these college tournaments,” said Rizer. “But they are working on it and they will get better. It was tough playing in the cold like that, but the conditions were the same for everybody.”
Emily Bucklew led the Patriots with a 36-hole total of 187 (94-93) which put her in 22nd place in the tournament. Catherine Boone was 29th with a 198 (103-95) Whitney Mayes had a 265 and Ashley Pugh a 280.
Both the St. Catharine men and women played in their second tournament this week. That concluded yesterday at Cherry Blossom Golf Course hosted by Georgetown College.