By: Maddux Reid
The young Trevecca women’s golf team has high hopes of defending their five-year title in the tournament this week.
“We have big shoes to fill, and we are well aware of that. This group is ready to make their own mark and put their own stamp on Trevecca golf and try to go out and get another championship,” said David Head, head golf coach.
The Trevecca women’s golf team is ranked second going into the conference tournament, where they have won the championship five years in a row. So far this season the team has seen new competition with the addition of new school in the conference such as Findlay, who is nationally ranked in golf and gives the Trojans their biggest competition for the tournament. The team is going back to the same golf course as in years past for the tournament, allowing them to have some familiarities with the course.
“I don’t foresee any challenges or difficulties. Our goal is to come back with a sixth consecutive championship. We do have a young team, so we need to have to have good play from our third, fourth, and fifth players, along with our top girls. Depth of players is what’s separating us from Findlay as the top team,” said Head.
The Trojans have a young team, with four sophomores and two freshmen. Sophomore Rachael McMahan is ranked second individually going into the tournament, with expectations to finish in the top of the pack. McMahan has two individual tournament wins, as well as a few second and third-placed finishes throughout the season.
“I am expecting a top five finish at conference. I put myself in a good position last year to potentially win conference, so I hope to do the same this year,” said McMahan. “As for the team, there is a lot of good competition so I’m expecting us to go out and play our best golf.”
Sophomore Lexi Shaw has also had an impressive season with multiple top ten finishes.
Head said she has improved statistically in every category since her freshman year, and is improving in all aspects of the game, pushing her teammates and herself and getting her closer to her first individual win. Shaw expects to be in the top 20 at the conference tournament.
“For the team, I think it is important that we do our best to have a good showing because we do have a title to uphold. However, some pretty impressive teams have moved into the conference so it will be no easy task to repeat. I really believe in my teammates and know that we are going to give it 110 percent on every hole, every shot,” said Shaw.
The tournament is April 16 and 17 in Mason, Ohio.