Though the Pacific University golf team wrapped up the season with notable accomplishments, players and coaches are far from satisfied as they move forward. At the NWC Championships at Tacoma Country Club, the Pacific women’s golf team finished in seventh place and the men finished ninth. Individually, the top women contenders in conference were Senior Jenny Andreas who finished tied for 26th, freshman Rowan Ranking who finished 35th and freshman Jessica Braun who ended at 36th.
For the men, freshman Tobias Zabel tied for 29th, followed by junior Luke Olson and senior Corey Martineau who tied for 35th. Head golf coach Richard Warren believes this golf season was an example to learn from.
“We accomplished most of our team goals and we grew as a team,” Warren said. But I think the players would agree with me that it was an average season as we did not show enough consistency to be competitive in every tournament.”
Warren believes the problem of consistency may be due to how young the team is overall.
“I’m hoping that the players coming back will guide the incoming players and help mold us into a very solid and competitive team. We have a great nucleus returning,” Warren said. “So it should be fun. I expect us to be a lot better than we showed this season.”
The players on the men and women’s teams seemed to be on the same page as coach Warren, and they are optimistic for next year.
“I look forward to have some new players who can help us get where we want to be, as well as have our returners being more experienced in tournament play,” junior Luke Olson said.
The leadership and development of next years veteran golfers, are going to be an integral part in bringing the golf team to a level of play that is championship material.