Driving fourth at the preview

The Minnesota State Women’s Golf team returned to the green Monday and Tuesday for the 2023 NSIC Preview. The Mavericks finished in fourth place with a total team score of 652.

The competition was held at Paradise Pointe Golf Club in Smithville, Missouri. The Paradise Golf Club is a 5,930-yard course that plays to a par-72. The six-team event was won by Missouri Western State. The Griffons won with a team score of 623, 19 strokes ahead of second-place Concordia St. Paul which shot a 642.  

This was a quick turnaround for the Mavs as they were back in Missouri competing in their second event in a week. The Holiday Inn Classic which took place March 27-28 was a chance for the team to get back into the flow of things.

“I think the Holiday Inn was kind of getting our legs back underneath us. We were a month out from spring break, so I think that was kind of a, hey, let’s get back to where we were in Arizona,” said Head Coach Alex Schmitz. 

Some of the areas that the team worked on in the days leading up to the event consisted of green chipping and putting. This comes off the back of several players having a hard time with the tee in St. Joseph. The team made their way to Missouri early in preparation for the event. 

“We left on Saturday, went to a city course down in Kansas City and got to hit balls for an hour or so and really just figured out what one or two things that you struggled with and a lot of them it was their tee ball and not putting themselves in a position to score,” Schmitz said. 

The squad’s hard work paid off on the first day of the NSIC Preview, where they took major strides of improvement from their performance in the Holiday Inn Classic. Schmitz credits this to their positioning off the tee and putting themselves into a position to score. The scores recorded on the first day were 75,76,78,79 and 79. The second day showed itself to be a lot more grueling on the team. 

“Yesterday was a tough day, wind started blowing. I think the wind takes a lot out of you physically but also mentally draining, always having to think of what that wind is doing and knowing exactly what it’s doing every time in order to kind of move your golf balls when it’s in the air. We don’t play a lot in the wind up here. You know, we get it here and there but down there it’s always windy. We don’t work on, or we haven’t had a chance to work on sliding the ball down, being able to hit kind of a knockdown shot or keep it out of the wind and that really hurt us,” Schmitz said. 

Sophomore Kelly Winter played as an individual and paced the Mavs with a 160. This earned her a tie for eighth place. Seniors Madi McGinty and Sam Soulier finished with a 161 which was tied for tenth and a 162 tied for 12th respectively. Junior Anna Cihak placed 14th overall and shot a 183. 

Schmitz believes that having two events in a short span of time was a good thing for his squad.

“I think it was a good thing because we got back the competitive edge. We didn’t play very well at the holiday so I think having the fire to go out and say I know I’m better than what I just did, showed the first day of the conference preview. It’s not what we did last week but this is what we are. I think if we were going to play tomorrow in a tournament they would because they know that they are better than what their numbers showed and what our result was,” Schmitz said.

The Mavs hope to be able to get outside next week to continue working on their short game and putting. Seeing the ball fly as they prepare for the Wayne State Invitational April 17-18 is something they are eager to do.

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Photo Header: The MSU Women’s Golf team earned fourth place after the two-day NSIC Preview event in Smithville, Missouri.  (Courtesy MNSU Athletics)

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