Coming off a rock-solid season-opening performance, the question posed to the Knights was this: was it a season highlight or a stepping stone to something greater? The Knights responded loudly with the best performance in program history by sharing third place at the Wartburg Invitational and setting two school records in the process.
The Knights broke the 18-hole scoring record with a final-round 325, besting the old mark by eight shots. The 36-hole school record also fell with a 661, besting the old mark at 673.
The weekend began on a strong note, as we got off to a very strong start on Saturday’s first round. We ended not as strong, but still posted a respectable 336. Rookie Hope Keaney fired an 81, although she had a chance to break 80 for the second time in three rounds before a rough finish. Laura Knutson ’11 backed her with an 83, followed by solid play from the back end of the line-up as Traci Johnson ’12 added an 85 and Louise Buckler ’11 an 87.
Sunday, though, was moving day for the Knights. Traci Johnson was the story, as she started the round with a birdie, avoided a single three-putt, and finished with a par to shoot 79 for the first time in her collegiate career. Hope, Laura and Louise all fired 82’s and Kate Johnson ’12 rallied from a quadruple bogey on the sixth hole to fire a 91, her collegiate best.
Overall, it was a great weekend. We basked in the glow of the record day on the van ride home with our traditional Subway post-game meal and some well-earned naps. The tone at practice today, though, was back to business, as we talked with each player about what went well this weekend, what could have been better and what we need to do to make those improvements.
Today was also the first day of classes, and it’s always exciting to hear how the players are feeling about their classes and professors. It will be a bit of an adjustment for them to be back in the routine of academics and golf, but a good one at that. We’re already looking forward to this weekend’s tournament and more competition.