After 6th place finish, golfers use 3-week break for practice

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    Although unhappy with their results over the weekend, members of the women’s golf team said they learned from their experiences and are moving on to the season’s next tournament.”We are a little disappointed in our finish,” said head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin. “This is one of our favorite tournaments.”

    The team finished sixth out of 17 teams in last weekend’s Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, SC.

    Catherine Matranga, a senior communication studies major, finished seventh overall, posting a three-round score of 226.

    “I wasn’t all that pleased,” Matranga said. “I didn’t play as good as I wanted to.”

    Matranga said the team wasn’t happy with how they played either.

    “None of us are pleased with how we played,” Matranga said. “We can definitely do better. You just have off-weeks sometimes and this was one of those.”

    The tournament was a good chance for the team to learn about themselves and where they stand right now, she said.

    “I’m disappointed, but I’m not discouraged,” Ravaioli-Larkin said about her team’s results.

    Ravaioli-Larkin called this tournament a speed bump, but said it was also still early in the season.

    “It is something that we need to come back from,” Ravaioli-Larkin said. “Rather now, than our postseason.”

    Despite last weekend’s set back, Matranga said the team is happy with how this season has started.

    “We are off to a really good start finishing fourth in New Mexico and second in Lubbock,” Matranga said.

    The team will have three weeks to prepare for their next tournament.

    “What we need to take care of these three weeks is to get ourselves refocused,” Ravaioli-Larkin said. Ravaioli-Larkin is happy to have the three week layoff.

    “I am going to focus on moving forward and looking forward to the UNLV tourney and not dwell,” Ravaioli-Larkin said.

    The upcoming tournament is the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown and will begin Oct. 30, being hosted by UNLV.

    Matranga said she is excited about playing in the tournament.

    “It will be a good tournament,” Matranga said. “We played a lot of (teams in the upcoming tournament) in that first tournament.”

    Ravaioli-Larkin has high expectations for the tournament in Las Vegas.

    “I think we are going to get back to our old selves,” Ravaioli-Larkin said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these girls won the tournament.”

    This upcoming tournament should give the girls other motivation, Ravaioli-Larkin said.

    “(The girls) want to beat up on those conference girls,” Ravaioli-Larkin said.