The new season for the women’s golf team begins Monday, and spirits are high on the outlook of this season.
“We assembled a good, solid team this year,” said Head Coach Pearl Sinn-Bonanni. “I have all the starters returning from last year, with the exception of one player who has become our assistant coach.”
Sinn-Bonnani said she expects to have a solid season.
“We’ve been really working on our fundamentals for the last few weeks, as well as getting into playing shape conditioning-wise,” she said.
The team puts in a lot of work when it comes to training, and they spend much of their time in weight training.
“The players have been working really hard in the weight room,” Sinn-Bonanni said. “It’s going to sound funny to people when they say golfers are in the weight room, but they are conditioning and try to get into tournament mode as quickly as possible.”
The golf team conditions three days a week, in addition to training on their own and being in the gym almost every day, Sinn-Bonanni said.
“The players came back and you can tell they have been working all summer long,” Sinn-Bonanni said. “Everybody’s playing a lot better this year than last time this year in terms of practices.”
The season begins next week as the team travels to Washington State to compete.
“I’m looking forward to this trip,” Sinn-Bonanni added.
Neomi Hunt, 21, a public relations major, is pumped and ready for the season to begin.
“We should be looking pretty good,” said Hunt. “Everyone is coming into the season playing really well. Every year we’ve been progressing with our scores and everything.”
Leading into the year, the team looks to make improvements and take another step forward, Hunt said.
“Pretty much we play about four events each year, four to five, our fall season is actually our off season where we travel out to more states,” said Tisha-Alyn Abrea, 19, a broadcast journalism major. “Our spring season is actually when we go against a conference, against UC Davis and UC Irvine and all of them.”
Just like every other team, the team will have to pick out a travel team and by doing so they can qualify, Abrea said.
“We only pick five, sometimes six people and then we duke it out there against other teams and we try to build up our ranking,” Abrea said.
Though only a sophomore, Abrea knows how intense it can be to play on the golf team.
“We work out three times a week, two times in the weight room and on every Friday we work with Dr. Scott Lynn more of like balance training and specific workouts,” Abrea said.
With all the training, weight-lifting and practice, Abrea is confident that the team will be successful this season.
“We are gonna bring it home,” she said.
While not looking too far ahead in the future, Abrea said she is
proud of how far the team has progressed over the last two years.
“Roughly two years ago, or more, when this program first began, we were actually around 130th in the nation and now, I just checked, we are 89th,” Abrea said. “Hopefully we could build it up after each event that comes our way.”
Abrea hopes to increase the team’s level of play one tournament at a time, and she hopes that the women’s golf team can someday be ranked in the top 50.
The team will journey to Pullman, Wash. to take on the Washington State Cougars to compete in the WSU Cougar Cup Sept. 24-25.
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