THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – After competing for the first time as a varsity sport in 2012, the Cal Lutheran women’s golf team is positioned for a successful second season this spring.
“This year is different because we have been at it for a year and we’ve had the chance to recruit,” head coach Jeff Lindgren said. “So we have got five freshmen who have all played high school golf and I anticipate us being better this year.”
Despite being a first year program, the Regals finished third in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) in 2012.
Cal Lutheran returns three players from the inaugural team. Junior Chloe Colon played predominantly as the three and four last year and got better as the year went on, recording a career-best score of 88 during the SCIAC No. 4. Senior Lisa Borgialli and junior Julia Burris also return after playing in six tournaments for CLU a year ago.
The Regals will rely heavily on a crop of new talent this spring with freshman McKay Weiler leading the way. The Monrovia, Calif. native played as the No. 1 for the Regals in the fall, leading the team with an 85.75 scoring average. Fellow freshman Danika Cochiolo will likely play as the No. 2 in the spring after finishing second on the team with a scoring average of 90.75
Freshmen Aida Mahfood and Devon Meredith also competed as a part of the Cal Lutheran top five and will look to continue to improve during the spring season.
The Regals kick off their spring schedule Monday, Feb. 11, when they travel to San Diego, Calif. to take part in the Point Loma Invitational at Riverwalk Golf Club. The women’s team will also make two trips to out-of-state tournaments. CLU travels to Prescott, Ariz. on March 11-12 for the Embry-Riddle University Invite before making the cross-country trip to Memphis, Tenn. to compete in the Rhodes College Invitational on April 15-16.
Sandwiched between the two trips, Cal Lutheran will host its lone tournament of the year when they take part in the SCIAC No. 2 at Purisima Golf Club in Lompoc, Calif. on April 6-7.
Even with the ambitious schedule, coach Lindgren said the goal remains the same: get better each day.
“They are improving and building confidence every time out,” he continued, “There are always going to be some rough patches but they are all excited to play this season.” Lindgren finished by saying, “This team is willing to put the time and effort to get better and that’s all you can ask for.”