Chemistry, talent fuels championship

With the women’s golf team at California Baptist University coming off the fall season ranked No. 14 in the nation and fourth in the region, the team is looking to translate that success in the spring in hopes of gaining a spot in the NCAA Division II Championships.

One of the highlights for the fall season was CBU defending its title at the Western New Mexico University Fall Intercollegiate, which gave the team the first No. 1 ranking for any sports team at CBU during their brief three-year NCAA Division II affiliation.

The team broke records during the tournament as they set the school record for 18 holes with an 8-under 280 and set the school’s 36-hole tournament score record of 567, or 9-under.

Another key highlight of the season was Marvi Monsalve, junior biology major, winning the Dallas Baptist Classic, with a first round of 68 and a second round of 70 for a 6-under 138.

The Lancers followed up their win with a fourth place finish at the Dixie State Invitational Oct. 5-6, third place finish at the Dallas Baptist Classic, and a seventh place finish at the Flagler Fall Slam.

John Hackney, head coach of the women’s golf team, said the success is due to the ability of the women and the bond they share.

“We have a great combination of chemistry and talent going with this team,” Hackney said. “They work hard while having fun at the same time.”

Natalie Park, junior business administration major, said the team’s success comes from team camaraderie.

“We push each other because we care about each other and want everyone to do their best,” Park said.

Chemistry among the team seems to be the overall consensus for the team’s success and an integral piece for moving forward into the spring.

For the spring season, the team will have several practices and games before the NCAA Division II Championships in Denver May 14.

“We just need to keep practicing and training hard, keep developing our chemistry and sharpen our wedge game from 100 yards in,” Hackney said.

The team will begin their spring season Feb. 8-9 at Point Loma Nazarene University.

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