Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer
The Saint Martin’s Women’s Golf team looks to build off the strong poise from freshman Katherine Swor, as they head to their final invitational. The Saints started off the spring season in California with a 19th overall finish in their first tournament in the Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout. Led by a cast of veterans and newcomers, the golf team looks to build confidence heading into April. After a moderate finish out in California, the team shrugged off the nerves by finishing third overall as an unsung hero emerged for the Saints. In the first round of the invitational, Maddie Prigge led the field of golfers with her mark of 77, which eclipses her career best of 80, set in the 2017-18 season. Following closely behind her in score and on the leaderboard was Swor, at 78. The freshman nearly tied her career high of 77, and placed second in the field. TiAnna Ford was next at 84, which placed her at 11th overall, and rounding out the scorecard for the Saints was Michaela Morris and Ali Koehler. Morris counted for an 89, and was 17th overall. “Weather conditions today were great, and the ladies took advantage of this and improved their scoring,” said Head Coach Bob Grisham. “I’m very proud of Maddison shooting a collegiate best 77.”
Swor, who had a second-place finish in the UPS invitational, helped the Saints secure a third-place finish. She shot a 78 on round one, and an 80 on round two, which was good enough to stay in the pack. Ford also placed fifth and shot both an 84 and a 79, which also was good enough for her second-best score on the day. Prigge shot a career-low of 77, but was unable to hold the score and placed 11th.
Michaela Morris led the Saints to a strong start in the Augustana Spring Fling, shooting an 84, with Swor following close behind with an 86. Ford and Prigge were unable to find their groove, and both shot over 90, which placed the Saints at 10th overall. On the second day of the Spring Fling, according to SMU Athletics, “Morris finished first on the team with a total score of 169 after shooting 84 and 85 in the two rounds. She placed 34th overall in the field. Her teammate Ford shaved two strokes off her first-round score of 90 to finish 88 on round two. Ford’s 178 was tied with Swor for 48th overall. Swor was unable to repeat her 86 performance from round one, as the freshman went for 92 in the closing round. Prigge saw the largest improvement of any Saint, going from 96 in round one to 90 in round two. Ali Koehler closed out the Saints’ scorecard while improving her game by two strokes.” This proved to be vital for the Saints, who eventually went on to finish 10th overall in Augustana. The Saints may not be out to the hot start they had hoped for, but they are getting improvements from key components. Each tournament is an improvement from the next, seeing shooters boost their scores two or three strokes.
The Saints will then head to Arizona for the final tournament of the season for the Mustang Intercollegiate on April 5 and 6.