The Golden Eagles Fall Short at the Sonoma State Fall Invitational

Christopher Lazaro, Staff Reporter

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Cal State LA’s women’s golf team had a tough time when they went up north to Sonoma county for the Sonoma State Fall Invitational. It was a rollercoaster of a game for the next two days as they finished in 11th place with an overall score of 646.

Maire Dean tied for ninth overall at 8-over-par, while her fellow teammate, Morgan Sjoerdsma, finished 30th overall at 13-over-par. Caitlyn Jimenez ended up in 57th overall with a score of 167.

In the first day of the invitational, the Golden Eagles struggled in the first round. Coach Kersting attributed one of the reasons they struggled was because of the weather.

“One reason we struggled was that the first hour of the tournament was played in cold and foggy weather,” said Kersting. “Our team is not accustomed to that, and we got off to a horrible start. By the time the weather cleared up, a few of the girls were already so far over par that it was difficult to salvage a good score.” 

Kersting added that the team is still young and needs more experience. 

“Our starting lineup consists of three first year players, and two second year. This was only the second tournament for three of our players, so experience is still an issue as well,” said Kersting.

The Golden Eagles finished the first day of invitational in 13th place. By the second day of the invitational, the Golden Eagles said they learned from their mistakes and improved upon it. 

“After round one, we were able to look back and prepare ourselves for what the second round would be. We were better prepared for the fog and the cold, and we got off to a better start,” said Kersting. 

He went on to explain that though the team’s performance was subpar, he is optimistic that his team will get better along the season.

Our overall performance was a disappointment as it did not meet the standards that we had set for ourselves The rest of our team struggled, and I know they will work hard to be better next week at the Regional Preview at La Costa,” Kersting said

The Golden Eagles women’s golf team, will be heading down south to Carlsbad next Monday and Tuesday to play in the DII West Region Preview hosted by Cal State San Marcos. 

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