Women’s golf tees off

WSU plays in home competition for first time since 2017

SHAYNE TAYLOR, Evergreen reporter

WSU will host the Cougar Cup for the first time in two years. This two-day event will take place on Monday and Tuesday.

Senior Marie Lund-Hansen said she is excited to come back and compete after being injured for two and a half weeks.

“I know there is going to be some pain I am going to work through out there,” Lund-Hansen said. “That’s the great thing about playing at home. I have my whole team around me, and my parents are here, so I have all the resources I need to be ready.”

When asked about her biggest concern or focus heading into the Cougar Cup after the last couple weeks of practice, head coach Kelli Kamimura said they always focus on what they can control.

“Mentally staying sharp and focusing on those shots that they have and not getting ahead of themselves or focusing on something that has been in the past,” Kamimura said.

She is not necessarily concerned with her team not being able to focus on that aspect of the game, but it is something she expresses regularly, Kamimura said.

Kamimura and Lund-Hansen said they are excited to start off the season at home.

It is unique this time around compared to the last couple of years when they have had to travel to start the season, Kamimura said.

“When we are on the road, we go into what I call the WSU women’s golf bubble,” Kamimura said.

Although not having to travel is beneficial for the team’s preparation, “there can be a little bit more distraction,” Kamimura said.

Lund-Hansen said she is excited to get into action and said winning the tournament would be a great present for her birthday.

Day one of the Cougar Cup will tee off at 8 a.m. on Monday and wrap up during the evening.

The action will continue Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. and run until 2 p.m.