The Texas State women’s golf team couldn’t overcome a poor first round, finishing a disappointing third in the WAC championships this week in Mesa, Ariz.
The Bobcats played their best golf in the final round of the 54-hole event to vault past UTSA into third place, finishing at 40-over-par 904, 22 strokes behind champion Denver (18-over 882) and San Jose State (30-over 994).
“Obviously we’re disappointed we didn’t win the WAC, but we’re not going to hang our head,” Bobcats coach Michael Akers said. “We’ve earned the right to go to the NCAA regionals. We will work hard over the next two weeks to get ready for that challenge and look forward to competing for a bid to the national championship.”
The Bobcats will find out which regional they’re being sent to on Monday.
Three Bobcats — Iman Nordin, Krista Puisite and Valdis Jonsdottir — saved their best rounds for the final round when they each carded 1-over-par 73s. Nordin, a sophomore from Malaysia, was the Bobcats’ best player in the tournament, finishing fifth with a 6-over 222, 13 shots behind runaway winner Tonje Daffinrud of Denver (7-under 209).
Most of Denver’s winning advantage came in the first round, when the Pioneers shot a tournament-low 295.
“I did okay; I didn’t play that amazing, so I can’t say I’m pleased,” Nordin said. “As for the team, we kind of struggled the first day but we recovered quite a bit the second day and finished strong (in the final round).”
A bad beginning in the opening round doomed Puisite, the ninth-ranked player in women’s Division I. She stumbled to a 77 — she was seven-over par through the first eight holes, including a triple bogey and a double bogey. She shot 74 on the second round and ended up tied for sixth.
“I didn’t play as well as I could have, and the same goes for the team,” Puisite said. “But we came back well and the good thing is we can go to regionals and prove ourselves there.”
Nordin and Puisite were named to the All-WAC first team for their performances throughout the year and at the championship.
Baseball does its part for West: The baseball team beat Texas A&M 4-1 on Tuesday before a crowd of 2,512, the third all-time biggest crowd in Bobcat Ballpark history. But it was the activities before the game which were the most important.
The ceremonial first pitch was delivered by Heath Harris, the best friend of Texas State shortstop Garrett Mattlage, in honor of those lost in last week’s West explosion. Harris is the son of Kenny “Lucky” Harris, a first responder who lost his life.
Harris was joined for the first pitch by other Texas State students from West who were affected by the tragedy.