Rain causes issues for the Warrior’s golf team

Annika Bahnsen, Staff Writer

At the start of Westmont’s spring break, the women’s and men’s golf teams competed in the San Diego Christian Invitational held at Singing Hills Golf Resort in El Cajon, California. 

There were high hopes for the Warriors due to success at their tournament a few weeks ago, but the weather forecast for that day had other plans. It rained the entire tournament, causing unexpected problems for all of the players.

First-year Mason Mancasola commented on how the poor weather dictated a lot of the play, something the team is not necessarily used to.

“The rain had a major effect on the play. When your grips get wet at all, they become super slippery, making it hard to keep a stable grip on the club. Not only was it raining, but it was also very windy. When your hands get wet and cold, it’s extremely hard to have any feel for what you are doing.”

Fourth-year Tom Ridd also spoke about the rainy tournament and his response to the conditions.

“The conditions make everything tougher but, at the end of the day, they are the same conditions for everyone playing!” He continued, “You just have to play smart and know which direction the wind is coming from.”

Due to the weather, the Warriors had to make some adjustments to their game. On the Monday of the tournament, the athletes played 36 holes and on Tuesday they played 18. Both the men and women finished 7th out of the eight other teams in the tournament.

Individually, Mancasola had the best finish for the Warriors on the men’s side, ending in the 26th spot. For the women, second-year Kat Bevill scored the highest for the Warriors, finishing in 7th place. 

Second-year Drew Thompson gave her opinions on the tournament. “Overall, I think we did pretty good, considering the conditions. Individually we all wanted to do better, but we persevered and gave it our all.”

The Warriors only have two tournaments left in this season’s schedule: The Master’s University Spring Invitational and the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Championships. 

Mancasola commented that these tournaments are giving lasting motivation to the Warriors. 

“I can’t wait for the GSAC Championships in Arizona. It will be a great way to showcase what we’ve been working on, with a chance to advance to the National Championships in Illinois.”

Thompson also mentioned her positive outlook for the next tournament.

“As we go into our next tournament this upcoming weekend, I think we are all looking forward to playing well and in some sunshine.”

The Warriors are hoping to finish the season strong as they compete on March 29 and 30 at The Master’s University Spring Invitational, which will be held at the Crystalaire Country Club in Llano, California.

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