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Women’s golf to finish fall season in Arkansas

Reece Burns

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The Wichita State women’s golf team is leaving this weekend for Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, to compete in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Golf Classic. The tournament begins Sunday and is scheduled to conclude Tuesday.

The Shockers have more experience with the UALR Golf Classic than the tournaments in Colorado and Iowa. However, the Shockers usually play UALR in the spring.

Head coach Tom McCurdy said the different seasons will present the team with “much different roughs.”

McCurdy isn’t concerned, though. After the break in tournaments, the team is in a good spot.

“After four tournaments in a row, the girls really needed some time to recharge,” McCurdy said. “Once we started back we had relaxed practices — this week we’ve cranked it up and I’m really impressed with the work ethic.”

McCurdy said the girls have continued to work on a lot of fundamentals, particularly their short game and putting, and he’s seen “good tempo” from his team.

Arkansas State and Missouri State are two of the teams the Shockers will face at the UALR tournament.

McCurdy said he wouldn’t be surprised if any of his players stepped up to shoot low scores.

Senior Bryce Schroeder and sophomore Taryn Torgerson have been the most consistent players in the top spots for their team. Junior Meghan Schuetz also achieved a top spot on the team in the Ron Moore Intercollegiate two weeks ago with a total score of 221.

Junior Maria Alejandra Villalobos is another player McCurdy expects to have a good tournament. According to McCurdy, Villalobos’s game often depends on her previously injured wrist.

“If [her wrist] feels good, she’ll play really well,” McCurdy said. “If not, she still fights it out, that’s one of the things I love about her.”

The Shockers are set to tee-off Sunday. For live scoring, visit goshockers.com.

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