2016-17 Season Outlook

The Trolls continue to make strides as they enter the program’s third season of competition. This year’s roster is the largest yet and looks to be promising as the program develops. The team will have both the fall and the spring season in which to work on their game as they look to become more competitive with the conference schools.

“I am very hopeful for this season as we have added a number of players and will be more experienced,” said second-year coach Damon Jensen. “The new players will complement the returning group and we should be able to move up in the conference standings.”

Last fall the team consisted of only three members that competed in events as individuals. Two more golfers were added in the spring which allowed the team to compete as a group. This year the Trolls have seven golfers which will make them more competitive as well as give them more opportunities to score as a team. Four of the team members are returners from a year ago and three are incoming freshmen.  Overall the team is very young as the seven members are all underclassmen. They will continue to experience some growing pains this year, but their youth bears well for the future of the program as the team matures and develops their game.

Returning as the lead golfer from last season is sophomore Merina Miner (Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin). She competed in seven matches and led the team with a 98.9 average.  She will be a key to the team’s success this year and has the potential to individually score and place well.  

Sophomore Sara Blauw (Marne, Michigan) returns to the team after a rookie season in which gained experienced. She participated in eight matches last year and posted a season average of 104. She will be one of the team’s top three golfers this season.

Also returning are sophomores Indira Escalante (Hoffman Estates, Illinois) and Abby Leo (Oak Lawn, Illinois). They both joined the team last spring and competed in four matches.  

Of the incoming group of freshman, Ashley Martinez (Plano, Illinois) looks to rise to the top. She was a four-time all-conference player at Plano High School and played on a conference championship team. She will be able to help the team scoring and will look to be an individual leader as well.

The other two freshmen are Racyne Johnson (Gary, Indiana) and Emily Kempster (Grand Haven, Michigan). They will both be able to contribute as they develop their game and adjust to the collegiate competition.

The team will compete in six events in the fall season. They open on August 28-29 in the Holy Cross CCAC Cup.  In September they play in events hosted by Governors State University, Bethel College, and Aurora University.  The event at Bethel will also serve as the NCCAA Regional tournament for the Trolls. On October 2 the team hosts the Troll Classic and then concludes their fall season later that week in the Purdue University-Northwest Invite. The team will pick up their schedule again in the spring with a few matches and the CCAC tournament at the end of April.