Oct. 17, 2013
Golf Enters Fall Finale with ConfidenceBy David Boyce
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State senior Cassie Lowell enters the fall finale in golf playing as well as anybody in the MIAA. Lowell has earned conference golfer of the week honors the last two weeks.
Like most talented golfers, Lowell is not going to admit how well she is playing until after she competes in the Lindenwood Preview MIAA Tournament on Monday and Tuesday at the Whitmoor Country Club in St. Charles, Mo.
When asked if she has accomplished what she wanted during the fall schedule, Lowell gave a partial answer with the rest to be determined after Tuesday.
“Yes and no,” she said. “I’m hoping to play as well as I have the last two tournaments in this one. We will see how I do in the last one and then I can answer that.”
Senior Kristina D’Angela is also having a solid fall.
“I have my ups and downs,” she said. “I have made a few top 10s and others I haven’t. I’m pretty pleased with it. I played well in the last tournament.”
D’Angela actually turned in one of her best rounds ever as a Bearcat in the last tournament, the Bearcat Fall Golf Classic on Oct. 7 & 8. In the opening round, D’Angela shot a 76, which tied her best mark.
“Kristina has had one of her best years,” Northwest golf coach Patrick McLaughlin said. “Cassie has done an excellent job. Anytime you have a golfer with a stroke average under 80, you have to play a lot of consistent golf.
“They are obviously team leaders.”
They want to lead the way to a top finish before winter settles in. The MIAA preview tournament is new for women’s golf.
“I do like it. It really helps with scheduling,” McLaughlin said. “It gives you a chance to have a lot of head to head with all our conference schools and top schools in our region. “I actually foresee to go to more of a schedule like the men have where you will have two mandatory in the fall and two in the spring where you crown a conference championships from points that are earned during the required tournaments and the championship at the end. It would be more indicative of who wins the conference title.”
The only drawback about the first MIAA preview tournament is it comes at the end of the fall season when temperatures might hover in the 50s or lower.
Obviously, Northwest golfers are used to playing in cold weather. They do it every year in the spring.
“I would love a warm day,” D’Angela said. “It is hard to get accustomed to hitting with tons off layers on when you have been hitting with no layers on. I think the advantage of the spring is we start with a lot of layers on and we peel them off eventually. Now, we have to put them on and get used to that. I find that to be a big change.”
Regardless of the weather, Lowell and D’Angela will bring a confident attitude to their last fall tournament of their college careers.
“It has been a good season so far,” Lowell said. “Obviously, I have had some ups and downs. Really, ever golfer does. I’m getting pretty consistent. That is always a good thing when it comes to golf.”
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