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On par: team bonding leads lady Spartans to second place

By Isabel Marhoun

The women’s golf team earned second place out of 18 teams at the Flagler World Invitational which ran Feb. 2-3. Kiira Riihijarvi and Sophia Cadavid ranked in the top 10 of the event. .

The Spartans started off the tournament slow placing seventh after day one, but were able to able to improve moving up five slots on day two. Kiira Riihijarvi finished second overall with a score of 141 finishing three under par for the rounds, shooting a team-best 69 in the second round . Junior Sofia Cadavid finished seventh with a score of 147 finishing three over par for the rounds, shooting a career best 70 in her first round.

“As a team we were extremely happy and excited that we were in second place,” said junior Sophia Cadavid. “I felt good about seventh place, I had a good second round and I was just happy to under par (scoring under par means that you take less strokes then needed in order to score well) and be able to help with our team results overall.”

Cadavid has been playing for over 10 years and has been an asset to the team since coming to UT. . Placing as well as they did against teams they had never seen before was thrilling, according to head coach Jennifer Jones, the golf team beat three teams that they had not beaten before and this will help move their ranking up.

“There is nothing difficult about coaching [the] girls [because] they have the right team culture,” said Jennifer Jones, head coach of the women’s golf team.

Although, each player is individually ranked, all the results come together at the end of the day and the team stands as one. Each player must pull their weight and encourage one another on the field so that they get a good end result. If one person is having a bad day, it is up to the rest of the team to see this and encourage them so that their pars can get better and they can place well at the end of the day.

“The second place finish showed everyone that we meant business, it was a great team effort with everyone contributing the final results,” said Heather Kipniss, sophomore.

The golf team’s next match is Feb. 17-19 in Lakeland, Florida at the Lady Moc Classic. The spartan’s will be going up against all 11 teams in the conference and hopefully will bring the same energy they did this past weekend at the Flagler Invitational.

Isabel Marhoun can be reached at isabel.marhoun@spartans.ut.edu

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