By Daniel Wallace
The rays of light in the Sunshine State seemed to be missing the Baylor Lady Bears. Tuesday the women’s golf team finished 14th out of 15 in the Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla. This came on the heels of finishing 11th of 17 last week in the UCF Invitational in Sorrento, Fla.
The team has dropped four spots in Golfstat’s rankings since the spring season began, to No. 54.
As a team the Lady Bears shot 58-over-par 922 in the two-day tournament. No. 16 Iowa State took the cake at 4-over-par 868. The 15-team tournament featured 11 teams ranked in the top 45, including Texas foes such as Texas A&M and TCU, who finished third and fourth, respectively.
One reason why the team has struggled to reach its full potential is because they have been done in by the big hole.
“It’s always that big number that bites everyone on the same hole in any given round,” assistant coach Jordan Cox said. “That’s the difference between where we are now and where we need to be. We need to really play hard the next few tournaments to position ourselves for the postseason.”
Juniors Jaclyn Jansen and Chelsey Cothran finished in 30th and 35th places in the tournament, shooting 10-over-par 226 and 11-over-par 227, respectively. Jansen had five birdies on Tuesday, but also five bogies. She said she could not find a rhythm throughout the day.
After Monday, Cothran was tied for 22nd overall.
“I’m extra proud of the way Chelsey (Cothran) played,” Cox said. “She played well last week and she picked it up Monday where she left off.”
However, Tuesday was a different story, and she was not able to find her rhythm on the course either. Before this tournament, Cothran had placed in the top 25 in five straight tournaments.
She and the rest of the Lady Bears will look to get back on track on Mar. 7, when they tee up for the UNLV Spring Invitational in Boulder City, Nev.