WSU women’s golf travels to Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Cougars will compete in last tournament for fall starting Monday



Junior Elodie Bridenne shot a combined 236 in the Stanford Intercollegiate on Oct. 19-21. WSU tied for 14th place at the event.

KATIE ARCHER, Evergreen reporter

The WSU women’s golf team will be getting out of the cold Monday when they travel to Kailua Kona, Hawaii, for the Nanea Pac-12 Preview at the Nanea Golf Club. This will be the Cougars’ fifth tournament, wrapping up their meets for the fall semester.

WSU will be competing aside 11 other teams, five of which are ranked. The ranked teams include No. 1 University of Southern California, No. 6 University of California, Los Angeles, No. 10 Arizona State University, No. 11 University of Washington and No. 14 University of Arizona.

Assistant Coach Emma White said Hawaii is a favorite for everyone for obvious reasons. She said if you are not a college-level athlete, you would probably never play on this course due to the intense difficulty it holds.

Created by Charles Schwab and George Roberts, the Nanea Golf Club is considered one of the most exclusive golf courses in the world, according to

“[It’s] a really fun job we get to do,” White said.

She said everyone is focused on the team’s mental game for the upcoming tournament. There are a lot of things outside the team’s control, leading the Cougars to have to work and stay focused on the controllable aspects, she said.

Bringing energy to the team can help teammates when they’re down, whether it’s a team meal, in the weight room or on the golf course, White said. The team members pride themselves on bringing positive energy, she said.

Senior Madison Odiorne, junior Marie Lund-Hansen, freshman Amy Chu, junior Elodie Bridenne and redshirt sophomore Emily Baumgart will be competing for the Cougars.

Head Coach Kelli Kamimura will not be traveling with the team to Hawaii. White said it can be difficult and unusual not having Kamimura there, but the goals and visions for the team are the same. She said there aren’t a lot changes for the athletes, they just have a different voice guiding them.

This is the last tournament for the Cougars for the fall as WSU will be back in action Feb. 24 and 25 in Peoria, Arizona, for the Westbrook Invitational.

WSU will tee off Monday and continue play through Wednesday, competing in a round of golf each day.