Golf places eighth in Golfweek Conference Challenge

Sports Reporter

The Texas State women’s golf team finished eighth in the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Vail, Colorado, Sept. 22-24. The team, with a six shot improvement from the Minnesota Invitational, finished ahead of UTSA, Lamar and Nebraska. 

The course was similar to the Minnesota Invitational because of bent grass, except there were no trees. The weather warmed up on the third day of the tournament the first two days, making it a better fit to play. 

“The elevation changes was something the team had to overcome," Coach Mike Akers said. "I’m going to guess they walked about eight miles in one day on the golf course the way it’s spread out. It was a physical challenge to walk that golf course to say the least.”

The Golfweek Conference Challenge had 12 different conferences represented at the tournament. Texas State represented the Sun Belt Conference while teams like Nebraska, Colorado, UTSA, Lamar and New Mexico represented other conferences. 

Akers changed the line-up for this tournament having Lora Assad, junior, Ali Cowan, sophomore, Matty Monzingo, sophomore, Iman Nordin, senior and Millie Saroha, sophomore represent the Bobcats.

“We have six really good players and only five can play in a line-up at one time,” Akers said. “So it’ll be a constant battle to be in the top five."

This time around Cowan was the top finisher for the Bobcats with a tie for 18th place. She shot a 71 for the first round, with only three bogeys, making it her best round. Cowan finished with a three-round total of 223. 

“We didn’t play very good in Minnesota, so this time we put Lora [Assad] in,” Akers said. “She did very well the final round.”

With 4-under-par, Monzingo led the way the third round with a 71. Assad was one shot behind her with and finished the three rounds at 230.  

“We’re improving,” Akers said. “We started off really sluggish in Minnesota but did much better in the Golfweek Conference. Next week we go to OU where we’ll face our toughest of the year. All we want to do is try to improve every week.”

The Bobcats will have a week off before playing in the Oklahoma University Invitational Oct. 4-6.