As the fall sports season begins, Seattle University’s golf teams prepare to dominate after a summer on the course. With only the first set of tournaments completed the season has yet to display the experience encapsulated in both the men and women’s teams.
Exiting last spring with six top-3 finishes from the men and a second place ranking in the WAC championships by the women raises a feeling of excitement amongst fans as the team returns to further better their standing in the league.
The women’s team is featuring six returners from the 2014-2015 group and have come back strong with personal bests in the first tournaments and good rankings. Understandably, Coach Marc Chandonnet is really excited about the women’s program this year.
“The culture just feels like it’s in the right place,” he said. “People are excited, working hard, starting to mature and see success.”
Finishing in eighth and seventh at the Cougar Cup last week, anticipation is building. With the newest addition to the team — freshman golfer Yen Ting Wong — qualifying for the top 5 in last week’s tournaments, there is certainly a very promising season to come.
The men’s team had a great summer of tournaments following a fantastic year last year, generating some excitement of their own. However, after besting University of Washington and other league teams only weeks prior, Seattle U men’s golf took a lower ranking in the first round of tournaments at the Husky Invite.
Un-phased, Chandonnet voiced, “It has been an unbelievable experience because it allows us to take a step back and allows me to do some coaching, and to evaluate things a little bit deeper to make sure this doesn’t happen again to us.”
A positive outlook and a team that has already been tried and tested in the past months signals remarkable things to come. With personal bests and ever-lowering scores, the men of Seattle U golf have nowhere to go but up in their standings this fall.
The season ahead features a diverse set of venues, with early October leading the women around Washington and the men to golf-courses in Mexico and southern California. This week featured tournaments in Pullman, Wash. and Aurora, Ore.
Come February the teams will be back on the fairways of some of their most highly anticipated tournaments of the golf year.
When asked about both teams Chandonnet responded, “everybody’s matured, they’ve gotten another year of competition and experiences under their belt and you see that, it’s noticeable.”
With the fall well under way, make sure to keep an eye out for these skilled Redhawks. The practice has been put in; now it is time to represent Seattle University and embody the red and black.
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