Sept. 20, 2012
Nine student athletes represented Trinity Lutheran College golf at the Northwest Christian University Invitational on Sept. 18 and 19. The 54-hole competition was held at Springfield Country Club, in Springfield, Oregon, Par 72.
Junior Kalan Smith shot a three round total of 246 to finish tied for fifth in the women’s field of 32 players. Smith was the top finisher among the two other National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) players in the event. The four players finishing above Smith were from larger schools within the Cascade Collegiate Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
“Kalan competed well considering this was a new course for her, and her first competition of the season. Also, the tournament format of having to play 36 holes the first day without any break was challenging in the high-eighty degree weather,” said Jeff Cornish, Trinity Lutheran College Golf Coach. “I am proud of all the women that represented Trinity with their effort and attitudes, they represented Trinity very well. They are the kind of players others want to play with and the type of young people it is a joy to coach.”
Also competing were junior Jackie Afualo, senior Rebekah Chaney, and freshman Makaela Hayward.
Top individual finisher for the Trinity Lutheran men’s teams was junior Ryan Karsen. Karsen posted a three round total of 241, finishing tied for 22nd in the field of 41 men.
As a team, the Eagles finished eighth in the field of eight teams with a combined score of 1,021 strokes (54 holes of the top four players each day).
“Ryan played fine and represented Trinity well,” said Cornish. “Ryan is our veteran player with past college golf experience. As a team, I think our other guys learned that we can compete at this level and with some improved course management and more competitive college golf experience we will score better. This trip was a big success in terms of what we learned and how much we enjoyed being a team together.”