2018-19 Season Outlook

The women’s golf program continues to make improvements as well as deal with growing pains as they enter the fourth year of competition. The Trolls now have a couple of players that have experience, but success as a team is limited due to a small roster size. With those parameters, the focus will be on individual improvements and consistency in scoring.

“The goal this season will be to put forth our best in each competition,” said third-year coach Damon Jensen. “We can make gains individually and continue to look ahead to improve the program.”

The Trolls have a roster of four golfers of which three are returning from a year ago. With four competitors they will be able to field a team for the matches, but will not have the luxury of choosing from a variety of players.  Even with the limited numbers the team continues to grow in experience and overall talent. This season they have the ability to post some low individual scores and top tier finishes.  

Junior Merina Miner (Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin) is the most experience golfer on the team. She has been the team leader for the past two seasons. A year ago she played in nine matches during the fall and spring and averaged 94.9. She finished in first place at the Governor State University Spring Invitational and was 26th at the CCAC Championship.

Sophomore Ashley Martinez (Plano, Illinois) made her impact in their rookie season as the team’s No. 2 golfer. She posted a 97.6 average in the nine matches on last year’s schedule.  She has the ability to do well and should be a contender in top finishes this year.

Junior Indira Esclante (Hoffman Estates, Illinois) played in four matches last year. Each season she continues to make improvement.

The newcomer to the squad is freshman Ellie Banks (Milaca, Minnesota). She will make an immediate impact as she has the ability to post low scores.  She will challenge as the team’s top golfer in the matches.

The Trolls will play in five events in the fall schedule. They open on August 27-28 in the Holy Cross CCAC Cup.  In September they play in events hosted by Olivet Nazarene University and Judson University and in the NCCAA Region Tournament in Wisconsin. The team’s final event for the fall is the Troll Classic at Calumet County Club on October 1. The team will pick up their schedule again in the spring with a few matches and the CCAC tournament at the end of April.