Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer
The Saint Martin’s Men’s Golf team opened the season at the Saints’ home course here in Lacey and the men delivered great performances. Led by Dennis Geissler, the Saints shot an impressive 289-283-572, which tied them for second place at the conclusion of the first round. Geissler finished the first round, shooting an even par of 72 and bounced back with a career best 68 in his second round. With a total of 140, this tied them for sixth overall for the day. Tyler Fitchett finished with 73-70-143 which was good enough for a tie at 18th overall with his teammate Max Turnquist after the first day. Alec Charles and Brooks McKinney closed out the Saints with scores of 73-73-146 and 76-77-153, respectively.
Individually, Andy Renne shot a 4-under par 68, and Jordan Terada and Ethan Finau shot 79-74-153 and 87-83-170, respectively.
“I am pleased with the way the guys executed today, and stuck with the game plan,” said Head Coach Kevin Bishop. “The tournament experience this team gained last year, and over the summer showed. Excellent rounds of 68 by Dennis and Andy, was very nice to see in the first event of the year. Tomorrow will be a great opportunity to finish what we practice daily.”
Saint Martin’s tied with Western Washington for third place overall in the tournament.
The Saints then traveled down to Western Washington, where they saw their third-place finish at home slip to 11th on Sept. 24.
According to Saints Athletics, “Saint Martin’s managed to jump up on the leaderboard one more time, finishing in 11th place at 889. Fitchett, who came in to the day at even par, shot two-under 70 on the final 18. Fitchett’s 214 placed him tied for 14th overall in the field.”
Golf is a game of consistency, and if these men continue to show strides of improvement, the Saints will remain in strong contention for the Conference Championships. Already halfway through the season, the Saints put themselves in a pretty decent spot with events at Concordia and University of Hawaii at Hilo coming up.
The women’s team opened up play on Oct. 4 at home at the Olympia Golf and Country Club. Sophomore Katherine Swor had much to say about this upcoming year.
“The team and I have been practicing every day by especially working hard on our short game and course management skills. Our fall tournament schedule is looking really busy and fun-filled, so it will fly by very quickly. I am feeling very confident and proud of the team as we embark on this new season.”
Swor looks to improve her game after a season that saw her shooting an average 85.9 per round. She has a career low score of 79 and placed second at the University of Puget Sound Women’s Invitational last year.
There was also a noticeable jump in the roster size as they have many new faces this year.
Swor commented that, “since last year, the golf team has doubled in size as there are currently 8 women golfers on the team. With a diverse set of women on the team, we all are able to use our different strengths to help one another on or off the course.”
With those strengths, the Saints will look to gain an even better understanding of the game as the mental side of golf can be a tough task.
Swor stated, “my goals for this season is to improve on my mental game because the only thing that limits me is myself. As for a team goal, I feel that we have the ability to win a collegiate tournament. With the combined abilities of our entire team, there is no doubt of it. My teammates are incredibly hard workers and always have positive spirits which makes me feel confident for the upcoming season.”
And as the saying goes, iron sharpens iron with this mindset, and Swor looks to lead the Saint Martin’s Women’s Golf team in the 2019-2020 season.