Women’s golf weathers tough competition

The Northern Kentucky University women’s golf team competed in a pair of tournaments close to home.

After making the previous two trips to Michigan and Arizona, the golfers got the opportunity to play in two events that were in Kentucky.
NKU hosted the NKU Spring Invitational at Perry Park in Owen County, Ky. on March 24-25 and then went to Louisville, Ky. and played in the Bellarmine Spring Invitational at Persimmon Ridge Golf Course on March 26.

At Perry Park, NKU finished with a two-day total of 651, which was good enough to place 11th out of 20 teams. The rainy weather over the weekend made the course more difficult.
“We were looking at fifth or sixth, but greens were tough with the rain,” junior Rachel Brown said.

The Norse were led by freshman Taylor Wogenstahl, who shot rounds of 83 and 77 to finish the par-72 course with a 160, good enough for 37th place. Brown and senior Elizabeth Fernandes both tied for 51st place with a total of 164.

After finishing the first day with a 90, freshman Katie-Scarlett Skinner broke out and shot 83 on the second day, a score that impressed her coaches.
“We knew she was capable,” head coach Daryl Landrum said. “It was pleasant to see.”

With most of the tournaments being played in great weather, the rain made it hard on some to find a rhythm.
“I had a hard time around the greens,” junior Liz Nebraski said. Conditions were tough.”

The Norse competed in the Bellarmine Spring Invitational the next day at Persimmon Ridge Golf Course. The team finished seventh out of nine teams with a team total of 334, leading NKU was led by Brown, Nebraski and Skinner. The three tied for 16th place with totals of 82.

Drury won the invitational, shooting a team total of 313. Only 21 shots separated the first place team from seventh place.
“We didn’t play great, but not bad,” Landrum said. “It was a really tough golf course and tough conditions. I was pretty proud of them.”
The women’s next event will be in Pana, Ill. at the Oak Terrace Spring Invite on April 14-15.