Women’s golf heads to Colorado for invitational

Dan Martin

The ISU women’s golf team is heading to SaddleBrooke, Colo., to compete in the MountainView Collegiate Invitational. The No. 13 Cyclones will see many familiar faces there as the 18-team field includes every Big 12 school except Texas A&M.

Coming off a win over Texas Tech last week, they hope to keep the ball rolling in SaddleBrooke.

“We all feel good after Spring Break,” said senior Laurence Herman. “Our last tournament wasn’t very good. We kind of all didn’t play very well. Before that we were playing well, and I don’t think anyone’s feeling any extra pressure. We practiced hard this week and I think it should show next tournament.”

After placing fourth or better all season long, the Cyclones tied for sixth at the SunTrust Gator Invitational before Spring Break. The women did not let the loss get them down. They spent the majority of the break in Arizona, where they were able to relax and get their golf game back on track.

“We got a little time off,” said senior Victoria Stefansen. “We would usually practice or play in the morning then go for lunch. Then we played Texas Tech and we were able to beat them, it was a different type of match in head-to-head competition.”

When they weren’t golfing they still found ways to stay on the golf course.

“We were able to go watch the LPGA tour when they played in Phoenix,” Stefansen said. “That was just really cool to kinda get a break off our own golf and go see how they play. Coach [Christie Martens] had us pay attention to their pre-shot routine and mental game.”

The mental game will be tested in the coming tournaments as the spring season winds down and championship play starts. The Cyclones hope they can stay levelheaded and go out and play consistent golf.

“I think we approach every tournament the same,” Herman said. “We’re not feeling any extra pressure now. We just need to go and play our game. As a team we want to win this one.”

Martens is confident.

“We want to just go and play well every round,” Martens said. “Ideally we want to win. I think the girls are all rested and ready to go. The course is ‘scoreable’ and should set up well for our team.”

The first 36 holes will be played Thursday and Friday. The final 18 will be played starting at 7 a.m. Saturday.