Lady Wolverines golf team off to solid start in conference action

Team linking arms at golf course
2023-24 Women's Golf Team

The Sierra College Women's Golf team has competed in four Big 8 Conference Tournaments and are playing well with multiple third-place performances including a score of 342 last Thursday in Fresno.

"We haven't had any blow-up tournaments, so I can foresee potential improvement with a few sessions of personalized practice days," Wolverines coach Kim Silva said. "We need to practice including mental shot preparation and course management strategies."

The Wolverines are third behind only Reedley and Modesto and have recently been led by freshman Lauren Schmidt with a fifth-place finish of 89 at Whitney Oaks Golf Club, Sierra's home course, in Rocklin on Sept. 19 followed by a score of 84 in Fresno. 

"She has been working on her game outside of team practice, improving her pre shot routine consistency and is improving her mental game," Silva said. 

Sharon McFarland has also been playing well with scores of 94 at Whitney Oaks and an 83 in Fresno while Veronica Cantu-Maher shot a 92 on Sept. 19 followed by an 85 in Fresno on Sept. 21. Kiley Menne fired a 98 followed by a 90 in the two respective matches while Maddy Caspar rounded out the team with a 101 and a 106, respectively. 

In the tournament at Whitney Oaks, Sierra was only eight strokes behind Reedley for second and were only 11 strokes away in the first conference tournament earlier this season at Elkhorn Golf Course in Stockton on Sept. 5. 

Sierra College will travel to Chardonnay Golf Club in American Canyon on Thursday to cap off the first half of conference play before traveling to The Reserve At Spanos Park next Thursday.

"We have quite a bit of work to surpass Reedley and any SoCal teams of their caliber," Silva said. 

When asked her goals for the team over the next few matches, Silva said "Finish second, have two scores in the 70's and improve on up and down completions."