LCSC women’s golf team opens
national tourney on Tuesday
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Steve Tilden says the Lewis-Clark
State College women’s golf team seems to be coming
around at the right time.
The Warrior coach will find out if that’s true starting
today when the Warriors take part in the 2008 NAIA
Women’s Golf National Championships at the Lake San
Marcos Country Club.
The four-day 72-hole tournament features 23 teams – 13
regional champions and 10 at-large bids – and five
individual qualifiers. The tournament features 18 holes
each day and each team will have five players, but only
the top four scores each day will be used to determine
the team score.
LCSC received the final at-large berth for the
tournament after an up-and-down season that saw the
Warriors finish a distant second to Rocky Mountain in
the Frontier Conference standings, and then finish fifth
in the Region I Tournament. The region, however, earned
five berths to the national tournament, including the
final three at-large berths available.
This will be the fourth time in the last five years the
Warrior women have played at the national tournament.
the two weeks after the Region I tournament, the
Warriors spent a quite a bit of time working on their
short game, which Tilden feels will be one of the keys
to playing well this week.
“The placement of tee shots and the short game are the
keys,” Tilden says. “On this course, you have to get to
the right part of the green.”
The Warriors, who finished 14th a year ago, have the
goal of placing in the top 10 this year.
think that is a reasonable and reachable goal,” Tilden
The Warriors will tee off with the first groups on
Tuesday morning, starting at 7:30 a.m., and then will be
among the last groups on Wednesday.
Senior Samara Kluever is making her fourth straight trip
to nationals and is the lone senior playing on this
year’s squad. She is joined by Juanita Villa, a junior
who has been the Warriors’ leading scorer this season.
Sophomores Cortney Shrout and Sue James, join freshman
Alana Norris to round out the team.
Shrout took part in a long drive contest on Monday and
finished just four yard short of making the finals,
which feature the five players with the longest drives.
Also on Monday, the banquet was held and James was
honored with the team’s Champion of Character Award,
while Kluever and Villa earned academic All-America