Women’s golf: Squad swings to top-10 spot

After the first round of the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, the No. 22 Horned Frogs women’s golf team is in 10th place heading into today’s second-round action.The tournament features eight of the top 25 teams, but the competition level should not affect the team’s play, head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin said. Ranked teams include No. 9 Arizona, No. 12 Tennessee, No. 13 Kent State, No. 14 Pepperdine and No. 16 Oklahoma State. Tennessee has a three-shot lead ahead of second-place Arizona.

“We just have to focus on what we have control over, and that’s ourselves,” Ravaioli-Larkin said. “We don’t approach anybody any differently, and coming off a win we just want to build on that momentum and play well.”

The tournament has moved to the Angel Park Golf Club this year. Ravaioli-Larkin said the team has not seen the course before.

Senior Carrie Morris said she was not concerned about playing on a different course. The course will likely have open greens and few trees, Morris said.

“There shouldn’t be any issues since the course will probably be similar to the other courses we’ve played at in Las Vegas,” Morris said. “All of them are pretty similar to each other.”

The team shot a practice round Sunday, sophomore Valentine Derrey said. The team met with Ravaioli-Larkin afterward to discuss the intricacies of the course, she said.

The freshman trio of Prisela Campbell, Allyson Ferguson and Melissa Loh will represent the Horned Frogs along with Derrey and Morris. All five played in the team’s win at the Lady Paladin Invitational, Ravaioli-Larkin said.

“Last week was their first tournament, so they know what to expect,” Derrey said. “We all know that we can win the tournament.”

Ravaioli-Larkin said she was happy with how the freshmen have looked early in the season.

“I wouldn’t say (the transition) is easy for anybody,” Ravaioli-Larkin said, “but they’re really coming into their own games and figuring things out as they go along.