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Golf team ends record-breaking season feeling proud

Ashly Higgins, Copy Editor

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The team poses for a photo at the Columbia College Fall Invitational. They also say goodbye to seniors Amber Ratza and Christina Hall.

The fall season ended Nov. 3, and players and coaches alike are already looking forward to next season.

“I am thrilled with our team’s improvement and I know with hard work and dedication we will keep setting records and hopefully start bringing home trophies,” said Laura Maurer, a junior from Greenville, South Carolina.

“The team is working very hard, and it is showing by the way the team is playing this fall,” David Pennell, head golf coach, said.

The team competed in four tournaments this season: the Tennessee Wesleyan Fall Golf Invitational, USC-Beaufort Sand Shark Fall Invitational, Appalachian Athletic Conference Fall Tournament and Columbia College Fall Invitational.

Tennessee Wesleyan Fall Golf Invitational– Sept. 22

The Koala golfers traveled to Niota, Tennessee to compete in the Tennessee Wesleyan Fall Golf Invitational. The team placed fourth out of 11 teams.

Amber Ratza, a senior from San Diego, California, placed 18th in the individual rankings. Laura Maurer, a junior from Greenville, South Carolina, and Alivia Seely, a senior from Excelsior Springs, Missouri, tied for 26th.

USC-Beaufort Golf Invitational– Sept. 28

The team traveled to Bluffton, South Carolina to compete in the USC-Beaufort Sand Shark Fall Invitational. During the second round, the team shot a 330 and broke the old school record of 338. Out of eight teams, the Koalas finished sixth.

Appalachian Athletic Conference Fall TournamentOct. 12 and 13 

The AAC Women’s Fall Conference Golf Tournament was played on October 12 and 13 at the Oaks Golf Course in Covington, Georgia.  The team placed sixth out of 11 teams.

Ratza led them team in individual rankings where she placed 23rd. She was followed by Maurer in 26th and Seely in 36th.

Columbia College Fall Invitational-Nov. 2 and 3

For the final tournament of the fall season, the team traveled to the Columbia Country Club in Blythewood, South Carolina. The Koalas competed against three other teams and finished third with a score of 357.

In the individual rankings, Seely placed sixth, Maurer placed 10th, Ratza placed 12th and Ashley K. Rogers, a first-year from Lake View, South Carolina, placed 13th.

“We have a great team, and I am proud to be here at Columbia,” Pennell said.

The Koalas will be in off-season workouts and light practice until the spring season starts in February.

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