WSU women’s golf flys high in Colorado 

Women’s Golf snags second top-five finish of season

ERICK AGUILAR, Evergreen reporter

The Cougar Women’s golf team flew over to Wolcott, Colorado to compete in the Golfweek Red Sky Classic.

The lady Cougars are coming off an impressive performance at the Badger Invitational in Wisconsin, earning themselves a three-way tie for fourth place.

Last season, the team earned themselves a fourth-place performance at the classic. Leading the team and shooting two under par. Australian native, Amy Chu tied for sixth on the individual player leaderboard.

The golf ball will be expected to fly differently on the Fazio Course because of the renowned Colorado elevation.

“One challenge that we’ll have unveiled is going to be altitude, because it affects the way the ball flies. So We’re gonna see longer drivers off the tee, longer iron play and that’s going to be an adjustment for our players that we’ve already talked about. We have great ball style so we’re excited to see the extra distance is going to be beneficial,” Sofie Aagaard said in an interview.

The starting five lineup for the Cougars included Darcy Habgood, Jinyu Wu, Madelyn Gamble, Sarah Skovgaard-Bils and Jiye Ham. The same starting five tee’d teed-off for the Cougars at the Badger invitational, however Aagaard warns fans that the lineup would be subject to changes with a very competitive roster.

Concluding the two days of play WSU placed fifth amongst  among 20 other teams. The Cougars once again set themselves in a three-way tie, this time with the teams from Xavier and New Mexico State.

The team was once again led by Habgood. The fifth-year Australian native who shot a 213. Earning herself an individual player ranking of fourth place among  100 other athletes.

“I think It’ll be a really good feel, there’s 20 teams which is a lot for a tournament, but I think we did really well there last year and I think we can go out and do better than last week. I think we’re capable of really good stuff this year,” Habgood said in an interview prior to the tournament.

With that said, it would be rude to brush over the performances of her sophomore teammates Skovgaar-Bils and Gamble. Who shot a 222 and 223 respectively.

Your very own lady Cougs are coming off two top five team performances thus far on the season. Needless to say, coach Aagaard is off to a great start as the head coach of WSU women’s golf.

After the Classic, the team will have some deserved rest back home on the Palouse, not resuming play until Oct.17. They will compete in the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational at the Lawrence Country Club hosted by University of Kansas J-Hawks.