Women open season Feb. 15

By MYLO ERICKSON

 The Pima Community College women’s golf team will open it season at a tournament in Phoenix on Feb. 15-16. Chandler-Gilbert Community College will host the tourney at Toka Sticks Golf Course.

Toka Sticks is actually an old Air Force base’s golf course. Head coach Bill Nicol said the course has an uncomplicated design and is not particularly difficult to play.

“Probably to keep the officers happy,” Nicol said.

The team will compete with just three players, as Rachel Clark had to withdraw. Pima players will now play solely as individuals at tournaments, because it takes four players to qualify for a team score.

Nicol thinks the biggest hurdle for his team has nothing to do with the course. The other teams’ performances will present bigger challenges, he believes.

He feels the toughest team this year will be Mesa Community College.

“They all will be contributing,” Nicol said.

His confidence seems to be growing as he sees the women improve with every practice.

“Just hoping I do really good and get close to the team,” freshman Shelby Empens said about what she hopes to get out of this season.

The women try to pick each other up when they’re down.

“Right from the beginning, we all pretty much got along,” freshman Abriana Romero said. “We all like to go out there and have fun, but we push each other a lot. If someone makes a mistake, we definitely bring each other back up.”

Nicol doesn’t see one player standing out more than the others. He sees them all playing well, and will just see what happens at the tournament.

Sophomore Alondra Olivas is hoping to bring a veteran presence to the team. Empens and Romero played in nationals with their respective high schools.

“I would say leading in a sense of encouragement,” Olivas said. “I’m sure that some of the girls play better than I do.”

Photo by Mylo Erickson

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