The women’s golf team capped off its fall season with an eighth-place finish at the Blue Raider Invitational Tuesday.
Competing against 15 teams, with five OVC competitors in the mix, the Racers finished three rounds at the Old Fort Golf Course in Murfreesboro, Tenn., with a score of 916.
Head Coach Velvet Milkman said the team was close to placing even better than it did.
“We had two good days, and it was just one round that kept us from having a really good tournament,” she said. “But overall I thought we played fairly well.”
Senior Delaney Howson led the team individually with a score of 224 and an eighth-place overall finish. Freshman Sydney Trimble finished close behind with a score of 227.
“They were disappointed in their second round yesterday, and rightly so,” Milkman said. “They had it where it needed to be and just let it slip away at the end. That just comes from having some inexperience, but I thought all three of them played really well at times.”
As the fall season comes to an end, Coach Milkman said she is looking forward to what the future holds. She said the team depends on the freshmen every tournament.
Milkman said the freshmen handle the tough situations well.
“They have their ups and downs, but there’s more ups than downs, and that makes for a bright future for our program,” she said.
Milkman said she is also excited for Howson, as she has broken several records so far this year.
During their time off, Milkman and the team will work to develop their individual skills before kicking off the spring season with a home tournament in early March.
“I think we had a good season,” Milkman said. “I think it prepared us for the spring. As I told them, except for the first tournament, we were really just one round away from having a great season.”
She said the tournaments and the competition this fall will only help the team get better.
“Next week we’ll have our individual meetings and kind of break down where each of them are,” Milkman said. “It’s going to be kind of different for each player. I’m excited for where we are now and how ready they are to work to get better.”
Story by Mallory Tucker, Staff Writer