Women’s golf finishes sixth in season opener

Kevin Berger and Kevin Berger

While everyone was enjoying a day off from school Monday the BGSU women’s golf team was playing their first round of the 2006 season.

The Falcons traveled to Allendale, Mich. for the Laker Fall Classic hosted by Grand Valley State to take on a 20-team field. They finished a modest sixth place with a final score of 646.

BG coach Stephanie Young was satisfied with the start of the season.

“Yes, it’s a solid start, there were a lot of positives,” Young said. “We now know what we need to do to get better.”

This was Young’s first official match as head coach – she was the interim head coach for the second half of last season before being promoted.

Asked if there were any pre-game jitters, Young said, “No, I felt very confident in my team. We stayed focused and we were all very prepared.”

The Falcons were led by Jessica McCann and Lindsey Jonkhoff who both shot a 79 on the first day, then a 75 and 77 respectively on the second day. Jonkhoff was very excited about her performance as well as her team’s

“This was the best start of my collegiate career,” Jonkhoff said. “We also finished really strong today.”

McCann, who tied for sixth individually in the tournament, thought there could be some improvement. Amanda Bader also shot a 79 in the opening round, making up for a 44 on the front nine by shooting a 35 on the back. McCann was not fully pleased with the day’s results though.

“Our short game could be stronger,” she said. “We need to stay focused for all 18 holes.”

Although this was a good start, Young did find some things the team needs to work on.

“We didn’t finish as high as we wanted to,” Young said. “Our goal is to shoot 316 on one day.”

BG shot 324 Monday and 322 yesterday.

“We have to stay consistent,” Young said. “Consistency is what we are looking for right now.”

Next up for the Falcons is a trip to Muncie, Ind.. for the Cardinal Classic this weekend. After that they will have to compete in the Taco Bell Ladies Golf Invitational on Monday in Youngstown, Ohio.