Confident women's golf team begins season at Schooner Fall Classic tournament

Sports Reporter

Experience is key coming into the first tournament of the year for the Texas State women’s golf team.

The Bobcats have only had a few weeks to prepare for the annual Schooner Fall Classic tournament against Oklahoma, but that won't stop them from competing at a high level according to Coach Mike Akers.

“The team has been working very hard every week to prepare,” Akers said. “There’s some new players and we’re kind of getting to know them, but I think we’re ready to go.”

The course in Oklahoma isn’t anything new to the team, as only one player hasn’t seen it before. The Bobcats are planning on using their knowledge and experience from past tournaments in Oklahoma to finish in a higher place than last season.

At last year’s tournament, the women’s golf team ended up tying for 16th place with Clemson with a total score of 875.

“I think the more experience you have on a course, the better,” Akers said. “Fortunately we have four out of five who’ve had experience on this course. We need to go back to those experiences and play it smart.”

The team is returning players like junior Maty Monzingo, who helped Texas State set a school record with a 9-under-par score of 279. She opened with a 1-under-par 71 at the Mountain View Collegiate last season.

Another returning player is First Team All-Sun Belt Conference senior Lora Assad, who had a season average of 74.86 strokes per round last year—the sixth-best season in university history.

Other teams joining Texas State on the green include Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Florida State, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Kansas State, Tula, Kansas, UTSA and Troy.

At last year’s Schooner Fall Classic, Mississippi State, who was ranked 10th in the country, finished first. Texas A&M placed third and won the SEC Championship.

Aside from the Bobcats’ low-placing finish at last year’s Schooner Fall Classic, the team remains a competitor against highly ranked schools like Mississippi State and Texas A&M. The team finished second place finish in the Sun Belt Conference last season.

By combining their experience and individual skill sets, the Bobcats are confident  they will have a successful season.

"We're doing more of an individual approach—always have tried to, but we're trying even more," Akers said. "Everybody is different and everybody responds to different things so I'm trying to find out what each person needs individually. When each one of them gets better, then the team gets better."

The Bobcats will be competing at the Belmar Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma Sept. 19-21, hoping to surpass last year’s place.

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