Written by Student Assistant McKenna Morin
TACOMA, Wash. – As the warmer spring weather starts to appear, so does the Pacific Lutheran University women's golf team, with the Lutes dusting off the clubs this weekend for the UPS Invitational at the Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton, Washington.
After a fall season of five events and a long winter training period, the Lutes are ready to go after concentrating on their golf skills and mental resilience.
"We have been focused on both our golf skills and our mental toughness," senior Anna Jessen said.
As are many sports, golf takes a lot of mental strength and motivation to achieve good results. The team emphasized the mental part during their training in hopes of having a successful spring season.
Jessen also said the team has been "hitting the gym regularly to work on strength training to help with endurance and balance." The time spent in the gym can directly impact their goals and results.
"Our main goal is to improve both as individuals and as a team," Jessen said. "With so many seniors, we want to finish on a high note and continue to break team scoring records."
Jessen and the Lutes had a strong fall, winning the Whitworth Invitational on Oct. 3 while finishing in the top four during all five tournaments, including a fourth place showing at the NWC Fall Classic.
Jessen is one of five golfers who have senior academic standing on the veteran laden team that has just two underclassmen on the eight-player squad.
"It is really bittersweet to be a senior on this team," Jessen said. "I am sad that my competitive golf career is coming to an end but I am so proud of how far we have come in these last few years and am excited to see where the team goes in the future!"
The Lutes have four matches before NCAA Division III Championships in May, including the Northwest Conference Championships on Apr. 22-23 that will be hosted by PLU at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club.
This weekend's spring opener gets underway on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the second and final round contested on Sunday at Gold Mountain.