Written by Student Assistant Sarah Cornell-Maier
TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University women's golf team is gearing up for a weekend of tough competition as they head to the Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton, Washington to compete in the NWC Spring Classic.
The Lutes have been off to a solid start to their season, with the team placing within the top 4 in each competition they have been a part of, including a recent third place finish at the Whitman Invitational on April 2. Additionally, individuals have placed in the top 10 golfers of competitions 17 times.
This weekend's competition is one of three events that are used to determine the NWC Champion along with the NWC Fall Classic and the NWC Championships. The Fall and Spring Classics each count 25 percent towards the total while the NWC Championships accounts for 50 percent. The Lutes finished fourth at the NWC Fall Classic back on Oct. 9 with Desirae Haselwood and Jeankie-Jhen Aczon both finishing in top 20.
After such a positive start, the Lutes are ready to take on their opponents at the Spring Classic. PLU competed at the Gold Mountain Golf Course earlier this year for the UPS Invitational, and junior Madison LaVergne thinks that will help the Lutes this weekend.
"It's good to already know which holes those will be and how to play the lay up accordingly," said LaVergne. "I think each of us knows where the course beat us in March and how we can make improvements this time around."
The Lutes came out of the UPS Invite with a third-place finish, with three women finishing in the top 10, including LaVergne. However, that isn't what drives the Lutes the most. The team attributes a good deal of their success to the support of their Head Coach Sara Griffin.
"My coach is literally my inspiration everyday and I only hope one day I can be half as passionate about something as she is about golf," said LaVergne.
As the team looks to take on teams across the conference, LaVerne acknowledged that for an individual sport, PLU golfers rely on their teammates a lot for motivation and inspiration.
"Golf is extremely individual and we all have very individual ways to play our best game," she said. "It's been super fun to figure out what helps each of us succeed differently and I think that learning about all of our differences in relation to golf has brought us much closer as a team."
The Lutes are looking to bring their A-game this weekend as they head to Bremerton. The Lutes tee off on Saturday, and return to the course on Sunday to round out the weekend of golfing.