Up to par: Women’s golf finishes third

Sophomore Dylan Kim looks on as she drives the ball across the golf course. Kim sat out last season after she underwent surgery to remove a benign tumor from her leg. Photo Credit: Baylor Photography

Baylor women’s golf has been in action on the road this past week in Albuquerque, N.M., as the Lady Bears competed in the Dick McGuire Invitational.

After Tuesday’s final round at the University of New Mexico, the Bears took third overall in the tournament. Shooting 5-under-par 283, the Bears finished just short behind Arizona State and Oklahoma State.

Despite their finish, head coach Jay Goble still had a positive takeaway from the past couple of days.

“It wasn’t our ideal finish today, but I would say it was a successful start to the season,” Goble said. “It feels good for our team to be out here and in a competitive mindset.”

Individually, the Bears had their own successes. Junior transfer player Amy Lee made eight birdies in the second round as part of her 6-under-par 66. Lee, along with freshmen Fiona Liddell and Evelyn Arguelles, all tied for the team lead, and each tied 10th in par-4 scoring at 1-under 3.97.

Redshirt sophomore Dylan Kim was close behind Lee, making a total of seven birdies, five of which occurred in her final round.

Goble said he expects Kim to continue being a team leader on and off the golf course.

“She’s back playing well, she feels really good, looks good, I think she’s ready to go,” Goble said. “She’s a great team leader, on and off the golf course. Obviously, her scores are great and something that’s going to help us a lot. But she also has a great demeanor with the rest of the team, and I think she can help pull them along with her when she’s playing well.”

Although the team is a new, fairly younger team this year, with four freshmen and a few transfer students, Lee said she has confidence in their talent.

“We have very, very great players,” Lee said. “I’m excited to see what’s to come this season…Hopefully we do pretty well.”

The Bears will remain on the road as they head to Nashville to compete in the Mason Rudolph Championship. The tournament is set to begin today and last through Sunday, at the Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club.

“We still have a lot more golf to play. We’re going to take care of what we can control and hit one shot at a time,” Goble said. “Everyone is really playing solid golf right now, and it’s hard to pick one standout performer because it has been a real team effort.”