Women’s golf takes 10th in California

Huskies maintain a plateau in three rounds at The Gold Rush

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Zulfiqar Ahmed | Northern Star

Junior Ahra Ko launches a ball during practice on Aug. 28. Ko finished tied for 16th at the Johnie Imes Invitational.

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter

The women’s golf team partook in their second event of the spring competition schedule Monday and Tuesday. NIU finished 10th out of 12 teams at 90-over-par at The Gold Rush in Seal Beach, California.

NIU’s competition at the two-day event included the 14th and 15th ranked teams amongst Division I schools in the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles.

How it happened

A cluster of bogeys saw NIU add to its stroke count early, recording 19-over-par after the top nine of Monday’s first round. The Huskies closed out the first round at 34-over-par to take 10th place. The lowest scorer of the round was sophomore Jasmine Ly at six-over, followed by freshman Jóhanna Lúðvíksdóttir at seven-over.

The second round proved to have a more successful opening half for the Huskies, who hit 15-over-par on the first nine holes. NIU closed out Monday with a team score of 35-over in the second round. Senior Sofia Gomez Enriquez had the best single performance of all Huskies in the lineup Monday, hitting two-over-par in the second round.

The Huskies finished the first day of tournament play in 10th place at 69-over-par, sitting only above the University of Wyoming and California State University at Northridge. Ly emerged as NIU’s top performer after the first two rounds, hitting 14-over-par to tie for 39th place going into Tuesday’s final round.

NIU’s third round performance proved to be its most successful as the top four scorers combined to hit 21-over. Ly recorded the best performance of any Huskie at the competition with a one-under-par outing in the final round. The Huskies finished off with a stroke count of 90-over for a total score of 954.

Thoughts from coach Kester

On Ly’s one-under-par performance in the third round:

“It was good to see Jasmine (Ly) rebound today after kind of a tough day (Monday),” head coach Kim Kester said in an NIU Athletics press release.

On experience playing against unique competition:

“It’s been a great experience to see some of the teams we never see like UCLA and USC and to play with UCLA (Monday),” Kester said.

Looking ahead

NIU will make a return to the green on Monday as they begin competition in the two-day long Trinity Forest Invitational at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, Texas. Live scoring from the event will be available on Golfstat.