Women’s golf takes second

By ANDREW HOLTAN Sports Writer

The South Dakota State University women’s golf team played in the Summit League Championships last week in Monterey, Calif. The Jacks finished third out of the nine teams that participated.

The Jacks finished 84 over par, just four shots behind second-place Oral Roberts University who finished at 80 over par. Denver University finished in first place shooting 62 over par.

“We had a great season, we were hoping to do some really special things towards the end and we were really close but we didn’t quite get to where we wanted to go,” Head Coach Casey VanDamme said.

The Jacks had three players finish in the top-10 with sophomore  Megan Mingo tying for sixth at 19 strokes over par, sophomore Hallie Getz and freshman Natcha Srimaneerungroj tying for eighth at 22 over par.

“I think they listened well, they improved at every aspect of their game and obviously their scoring averages got way better,” VanDamme said.

Junior Sydney MacDonald and Getz were named to second-team all-Summit League and VanDamme thinks we could see more of this to come. 

“Individual awards happen when the team does really well, it’s awesome to see them get that but as we move forward I think … we’re going to get a lot more individual awards like that,” VanDamme said.

This was VanDamme’s first year at SDSU and he considered it to be a successful one.

“I think it was more successful than I could have imagined at the beginning of the year, we accomplished more things, we broke more school records than I ever thought would be possible,” he said.

This year’s complete roster will return next year.

“We’re just going to keep doing what we do and get better throughout the summer and then set those goals next fall,” VanDamme said.

The SDSU men’s golf team plays in the Summit League Championships this weekend.