2016-17 Season Outlook
The women’s golf program is still in its developmental stages as they enter their second year of competition. The Trolls fielded a team of four players last fall, but did not actively compete in matches during the spring. Helping the program to grow will be new head coach Damon Jensen, who took over the women’s and men’s teams in late summer.
For the fall the roster holds only three members of which two are new to the program. Without the quota for a full team, the golfers will compete as individuals in the matches. The hope is to add a couple of more golfers to the spring roster which would allow them to field a team and be an active member of the conference tournament.
“The goal this year is to make forward progress in the development of the program,” said Jensen. “The new players show promise and we can build on what we have. This year the focus will not be on final scores and finishes, but on skill development and laying a good foundation.”
The two new golfers to the team are a pair of freshman. Sara Blauw (Marne, Michigan) played golf for four years at Unity Christian High School, where she was on a state qualify team. She also was selected to the all-conference team. Merina Miner (Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin) earned three varsity letters in her four years on the golf team at Mountain View High School in Idaho.
Returning to the team is junior Rachael Tupper (Montgomery, Illinois). Last season she competed in three matches in the fall season.
With their limited roster size the Trolls will only compete in a handful of events. The fall schedule includes four matches. The team opens their schedule on September 1-2 at the Governors State University Invitational and will also compete in the Purdue University-Northwest Classis on September 16. They will play in the Troll Classic on October 3 and finish out the fall at the Purdue University-Northwest Invitational later that week. The spring schedule will include a few matches as well as the conference tournament at the end of April.