The Sonoma State women's golf team placed second at their home tournament on April 8 and 9 at the Santa Rosa Golf Club. After finishing tied for 8th place in Arizona just days before the Spring Invite, the team was hungry to compete at their home tournament.
In Santa Rosa, fifteen teams faced off during the two day event. With a previous tournament just days before, the Seawolves had their hands full with the a grueling and wet course on the first day, but luckily the skies cleared up for day two. Some teams that competed in the invite were Simon Fraser University, Academy of Arts University, Holy Names University, and Biola University
The Seawolves were forced to grind through the exhaustion and play to the best of their ability. The home tournament allowed all roster members to compete. The selected five girls worked together as a team, and those who were not selected had the opportunity to compete as individuals.
The two day tournament consisted of eighteen holes a day. With a number of great programs competing for the first place spot, the Seawolves took the competition one hole at a time.
Senior golfer Sabrina Virtusio explained the rules of the tournament when she said, “ A regular season tournament is based on a 36-hole team score, five players are chosen to represent each team and play eighteen holes each day.”
After the competition, each teams lowest four scores are added up and the team with the lowest two day score wins the tournament. This competitive style of tournaments require each golfer to focus every single hole in order to achieve a low score. In terms of individual players, they also strive for the lowest score of the tournament and can win the lowest score of the tournament on an individual level.
Shooting lowest each day helps the individual scores and eventually benefits the team's overall standing at the end of the tournament. All five of the Seawolves that had their scores count place in the top 20 at the tournament.
With this being the Seawolves last competition before playoffs, their national ranking can help shape the team's confidence.
The group ended up placing second overall, which puts them in a good spot for the conference play coming up this week.
Every tournament gives the team an opportunity to grow and learn as a team. When asked about the second place finish, Virtusio explained, “This past weekend showed how much work we have to put do before postseason.”
In just a week, the Seawolves will put their skills to the test in their first postseason event. With their national rankings at stake, it is important to set goals and be hopeful for success. When talking about next week's matchups with Virtusio said, “We are ready to keep pushing forward into the postseason.”
The teams next tournament will take place on April 15-17 as they head to San Marcos for the CCAA Championships. To help support the team or follow their future tournaments visit sonomaseawolves.com.