Saints golf teams finish season with plenty of momentum
Nicholas Sarysz, Staff Writer
The Saint Martin’s University Women’s Golf Team finished strong in their fall season. The young team, which is comprised mostly of freshmen, gave promise for the future of Saint Martin’s golf. Leading the team throughout most of the season was sophomore Katherine Swor, who broke multiple career records. On Oct. 15, Swor shot a career-low total of 157 at the Sonoma State Invitational. She completed the year shooting a career low 76 in the final round of the Dennis Rose Invitational, earning her first Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Golfer of the Week designation this season.
Another standout golfer for the Saints this fall was freshman Kathryn Crimp. At the Sonoma State Invitational, Crimp shot a combined total of 157, which tied her teammate Katherine Swor. At the last tournament of the fall season, Michaela Morris completed two career rounds, shooting 75-80-74 overall and lead the team with her 229 total. Following Morris’ lead in playing two career rounds was freshman Hoku Nagamine, who finished the tournament with a scorecard of 94-78-78. After the final tournament, Head Coach Bob Grisham had many good things to say in regards to the team’s performance.
“As a team we talk about playing better each round of a tourney and we accomplished that here in the islands,” Grisham explained. “This is a young team, but we will build on this performance as we get ready for spring.”
The Saint Martin’s University Men’s Golf Team, much like the women’s, consists of a young roster, having only a single senior on the team this season. Sophomore Max Turnquist led the Saints for most of their fall season. Turnquist started the year strong with a 12th place finish at the Saint Martin’s Golf Invitational, leading his team to a third-place finish. Later in the year, Turnquist shot an impressive 69-72-69, finishing second overall in the Concordia Invitational. Following the performance, Turnquist earned the first GNAC Golfer of the Week award of his collegiate career. At the last invitational of the season, Turnquist finished ninth and led his team to a seventh place overall finish out of a 16-team field.
Sophomore Dennis Geissler matched Turnquist’s strong performances on many occasions. At the Saint Martin’s University Men’s Golf Invitational, Geissler tied teammate Max Turnquist for the 12th place spot. He ended the season as the top performer for the Saints, as he placed 16th, shooting a 74-75-72.
Also having a strong fall season was junior Tyler Fitchett. The lefty led the Saints at the Western Washington Invitational, finishing 14th at the tournament with a total score of 214. Fitchett, like many of his teammates, was able to finish strong at the Dennis Rose Invitational. Despite shooting back-to-back 76’s, Fitchett shot a 72 in his last round, tying for 24th place in the tournament.
Having many strong and consistent golfers, the Saints men look to be serious GNAC contenders during their upcoming season. Both the Saint Martin’s University Men’s and Women’s Golf teams resume their seasons in the spring.