Golf swinging through spring

California Baptist University golfers have been right on par throughout the 2011-2012 season.

Both the men’s and women’s teams have had very successful seasons, with the culmination being a National Christian College Athletic Association championship for the men’s team.

Tim Tait finished second overall at the NCCAA national tournament and was one of only two golfers to have a final score under par.

“Winning at the NCCAA Nationals in Florida, and taking 2nd individually was the greatest feeling of accomplishment I’ve ever experienced,” Tait said.

This was the first of two consecutive tournament victories for the men’s team.

“Our team goal for the season was to win golf tournaments and to win the Conference. With the school switching to a new division we are not able to go to nationals, so the next closest thing is to win conference,” Steven Watson, junior, said.

The women’s team also had strong showing at the championship tournament and took second place, with Nicollette Gino winning the individual championship.

“Our main goal for this season was to get used to the new challenge of changing divisions and to get ready to win again next year,” Nathalie Silva, junior, said.

Through their first seven tournaments this season, the men’s team has placed first twice, including the NCCAA championship. They have also finished second once.

The team has only finished outside of the top ten in two tournaments, the Coyote Classic in February and the Grand Canyon Thunderbird Invitational.

Their most recent tournament was the Grand Canyon Thunderbird invitational, which took place March 26-27.

The Lancers finished No. 13 out of 20 teams. Watson had the best finish for CBU, tying for third place overall.

“My personal goal entering the season was to win a golf tournament, but I just did that [at the Smee Builders Invitational] so my new goal for the season is to win another tournament and play consistent golf throughout the rest of the season,” Watson said.

The women’s team has yet to win a tournament this year, but they have consistently finished inside the top ten, including two second-place finishes and one third-place finish.

They have only finished outside the top ten on one occasion, also in February.

Silva has anchored the team through the first six events of the season, finishing inside the top five four times, including one individual victory at the CMS Coed Invitational in October.

“Winning tournaments brings about the sensation of work well done. For me, I see a victory as the answer of our hard work done throughout the season. It is really delightful, and it pushes me to keep it up,” Silva said.

Tait and Fredrik Hansson were the most consistent performers early in the season, both finishing inside the top three numerous times.

As of late, it has been Steven Watson and Leonard Rooney who have anchored the team with strong individual performances, including a first-place finish by Watson in early March.

“My teammates push me, and with everyone being so competitive it makes me want to practice harder and beat my other teammates in qualifiers. Without my teammates my win would have not been possible,” Watson said.

The women’s team has only one tournament left this year, the Lady Otter Spring Invitational, April 16-17 in Seaside, Calif.

The men still have three events remaining. They will compete next at the CBU Spring Break Collegiate, April 2-3 in Primm, Nev.

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