Women’s golf looks towards conference championship

The Rollins women’s golf team is looking to make a splash in this month’s Sunshine State Conference Championship. The women have given strong and winning performances in recent tournaments, and the team hopes to drive forward with this momentum toward more success.

Their last two tournaments saw the Tars elevate their game. In the first of those, the CBU Buccaneer Spring Classic at Germantown, Tenn., they faced strong competition from St. Leo, who were the 4th-ranked team in the country at the time. On the first day of the tournament, The Tars, ranked 15th, jostled with St. Leo for the lead, holding first place after round one only to lose it to St. Leo after the second round.

The third and final round fared better for the Tars. With first place on the line, the team posted a score of 302, giving them a total of 922, just edging out St. Leo by three shots. Along with taking first place as a team, the Tars saw several individuals achieve top finishes.

Seher Atwal ’20 tied for first for her first collegiate win, while teammates Selin Timur ‘20 and Lexie Toth ‘18 managed to tie for third in the tournament.

The Tars did not perform as well in the following tournament, the Barry Women’s Invitational at Miami Lakes, Fla., but they did manage to place 6th in a field of 17 teams. The Tars finished 26 strokes behind top-ranked Nova Southeastern, who took first place.

Atwal was once again the top performer for the Tars. She carded a score of +4, which was good enough to tie for 6th place in the player standings.

Atwal saw the women’s strong play of late as a good sign heading into postseason play later this month. “I feel we didn’t start off how we wanted; however, we won Buccaneer spring classic, which gave us a confidence boost for the remainder of the season.”

Atwal also mentioned the importance of the course that the tournament was played on, as Germantown Country Club will host the upcoming regional tournament. Having a win under their belts on that course could prove pivotal should the Tars advance to the regionals later this season.

That is the expectation, but Atwal plans to aim even higher in the future. “We are all stoked to play the rest of the tournaments and make the regionals as a priority. Further on, we would love to make the nationals and hopefully put on a good show there.” The Tars are nationally ranked and have performed well against top competition all season, so this goal could be well within reach for them.

In the meantime, the Tars plan to continue their run of success next weekend, as they head to Osprey, Fla., for the Harvard Spring Invitational, after which they will travel to Boca Raton to compete for the Sunshine State Conference title.

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