The Sunflower

Women’s golf ties for sixth in Diane Thomason Invitational

Reece Burns

The Wichita State women’s golf team came off the Finkbine Golf Course tied for sixth Sunday in the Diane Thomason Invitational.

According to head coach Tom McCurdy, the women were their own worst enemies in the weekend tournament.

“Everyone had some great points in the rounds,” McCurdy said. “There was a lot of inconsistency. The girls were just a little tight; it’s the first tournament, things settled down but we didn’t finish well.”

Wichita State finished the first day of the tournament tied for fifth place despite the inconsistent playing. Sophomore Taryn Torgenson led the team tied for ninth place, shooting 77 in the first round and 74 in the second. She finished the tournament tied for eighth place.

“I thought I played pretty well,” Torgenson said. “My short game cost me a lot of shots so that will be my focus this next week.”

McCurdy said Torgenson’s short game wasn’t the only suffering during the tournament.

“Our short game, chipping and pitching wasn’t good,” McCurdy said. “We need a higher level of focus ­— picking good targets and executing the right shot.”

The team started the second day off positively with holes varying three- to four-under par but by the end of the day the team was all the way up to 13-over par on the last six holes. McCurdy attributes a part of this to the new course.

“There was enough room on the fairways but we don’t see greens that severe very often,” he said. “There was a number of mental errors.”

Torgenson said the team put too much pressure on themselves to perform at the first tournament.

“We need to work on taking practice into a tournament,” Torgenson said. “[The touranemnt] was a good mental challenge. We need to find the things that cost us shots and I think we’ll be fine.”

The team competes next week in Wolcott, Colorado. McCurdy said the course is going to be just as difficult and mentally challenging, so practice this week will be just as mental as physical.

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