Written by Student Assistant McKenna Morin
TACOMA, Wash. – As the cooler weather starts to appear, the Pacific Lutheran University women's golf team's fall season starts heating up, as the Lutes gear up for their second tournament of the year, heading to the UPS Invitational held in Bremerton, Washington.
At the season-opening PLU Invitational last weekend, the Lutes finished fifth overall. Madison LaVergne led the way finishing 12th with a 164 (80-84) with Abby Lyon placing 28th (172). PLU has strong debuts from the three first years with Nicole Matiatos leading the way with a 173 (87-86).
"We have three new first-years on the team this year, which is the most we've had in a while," junior Abby Lyon said. "We had our first tournament last weekend and all the freshmen played great and the team had very strong scores overall."
While fall is an important part of their season, Lyon talked about making sure the team binds well and has fun. Making sure everyone gets to know each other and really gets along is an important part of being on a team.
"We of course want to be competitive and be continuously improving, but we also want to have fun," Lyon said. "We also want to integrate the first-years as fluidly as possible because we want to focus on building the team."
Making sure the team is a strong unit is very important to Lyon and the rest of the women.
"We lost four [seniors] last year, one came back as the assistant/student coach, and we will be losing two more after this year. So the freshmen will definitely be an integral part of our team's future."
The team has all of fall season and spring season to prepare for the NCAA Division III Championships in May. It is a huge goal for the team this year, just as it was in previous seasons. Making sure they have a team to take, not only this year but in the future, is a focus for the women.
The Lutes compete on Saturday and Sunday at the UPS Invitational contested on the Cascade and Olympic courses at the Gold Mountain Golf Club.