Women’s golf to participate in Ron Moore Invitational

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Women’s golf to participate in Ron Moore Invitational

Then-junior Bree Wanderscheid makes a putt during the WSU Women's Golf Cougar Cup Sept. 20, 2016 at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course.

Then-junior Bree Wanderscheid makes a putt during the WSU Women's Golf Cougar Cup Sept. 20, 2016 at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course.

PETER AN | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Then-junior Bree Wanderscheid makes a putt during the WSU Women's Golf Cougar Cup Sept. 20, 2016 at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course.

PETER AN | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

PETER AN | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Then-junior Bree Wanderscheid makes a putt during the WSU Women's Golf Cougar Cup Sept. 20, 2016 at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course.

KATIE ARCHER, Evergreen reporter

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Returning to Highlands Ranch, Colorado, for the third-straight season, WSU women’s golf will be participating again in the Ron Moore Women’s Invitational this Friday to Sunday.

Head Coach Kelli Kamimura said the team has been training hard and all of her golfers have shown progress in their game both mentally and physically.

“We’re excited to go out and see what they can accomplish,” Kamimura said. “Taking it one shot at a time, focusing on what’s next and having fun.”

The Cougars are coming off a sixth-place finish in the Coeur d’Alene Resort Collegiate Invitational. Two of WSU’s golfers placed in the top 20. Junior Marie Lund-Hansen tied for 11th place and freshman Amy Chu tied for 13th place.

After the CDA Resort Collegiate Invitational, Kamimura is keen on her team improving play on the final day of tournaments.

“We’ve really played solid in our first two rounds and then in the third round, maybe pressed a little too hard knowing we could finish in the top half or top three,” Kamimura said

Kamimura said she thinks heading back to a familiar course will give her players extra confidence. The ones who have seen it know what to expect and can have a plan, she said.

Last year the team finished in fourth place at the Ron Moore Women’s Invitational. Lund-Hansen, then a sophomore, tied for second place with a record-breaking performance for WSU.

Kamimura said this weekend, it’s about keeping Lund-Hansen’s expectations in check and focusing on the opportunities she’ll have and capitalizing on those versus reflecting on what happened last year.

“Her game’s grown and she’s really matured mentally and physically, so we’re excited to go out there and see what she can do,” Kamimura said.

No. 17 University of Denver will be hosting the invitational and has won home tournaments in two of the last three years. Denver also has the highest-ranked golfer in the invitational, No. 3 junior Mary Weinstein.