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2018-19 Shocker Women's Golf

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  • 2018-19 Shocker Women's Golf

    The Lady Shockers golf team opens their fall season at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial at Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield on Monday and Tuesday.

    Gone from the team after a stellar career is Taryn Torgerson the reigning AAC medalist and the Shocker career record holder for 18-holes with her 64 in the final round of last year's AAC Championship. In fact, the 4 lowest scores in Shocker history are 64, 67, 68 and 69 shot collectively 12 times half of which were by Taryn with the other half carded by 5 other Shockers. Taryn also is tied with Bryce Schroeder at 211 for the lowest 54 hole total However, that is Bryce's only score in the top 16 in Shocker history. Taryn owns 10 of the top 16 54-hole totals in Shocker history. Taryn is the Shocker record holder in single season and career stroke averages as well. Bottom line is the Shocks are replacing the best female golfer in school history by a significant margin.

    I think it is safe to say that the Shocks do not have any one player that will be able to replace Taryn. The only way they might come close to doing that as a team is for the entire team to step up their games. Not sure that is it the cards either..

    This year's Shocker team is relatively small at 5-0, 5-1, 5-3, 5-4, 5-4 and 5-6.

    Based on last year's stats (18-hole stroke average) the Shocker's 2 seniors, 5-3 Laine Evans (75.87) and 5-0 Gavrilla Arya (76.67) should lead the way. With only 6 players on the roster 1 or both of the 2 freshman will need to step up. Gavrilla's younger sister,, 5-1 Chiarra Arya and 5-6 Hana Mirnik from Slovenia will probably both be in the mix this year. 5-4 juniors Michelle Ledermann (77.15) and Anna Chickering (78.95) round out the roster. BTW, Taryn's stroke average last year was 73.26. reporting that Evan, G.Arya, Chickering, C. Arya and Mirnik will make up the team lineup in this tournament with Ledermann playing as an individual.

    To be honest my expectations are not very high this year. The key may be whether are not the two freshman can step in and be competitive and consistent from the get go.

    It has been rainy in Springfield as in Wichita lately but looks like today will be dry and Monday and Tuesday will be very pleasant.

    The field this will include 15 teams: Missouri State, UTEP, Creighton, Arkansas State, Omaha, Wichita State, Little Rock, Southern Illinois, UMKC, William Woods, Memphis, Murray State, Oklahoma City, Oral Roberts and Drury.

    Last year the Shockers finished 4th in this tournament 26 strokes behind winner Memphis among a similar field. So this will be a good measuring stick to see where the Shocks are relatively to this time last year. The Shocks finished 5th, 20 strokes behind 4th place Memphis, in last year's AAC Championship.

    Doesn't look like there is any live scoring available for this tournament.

    Last edited by 1972Shocker; 2 weeks ago.

  • #2
    Shockers Fourth at Payne Stewart Memorial

    The Shocks finished in 4th place in Springfield 31 shots behind Memphis. This is a pretty similar finish to last year and I would consider this a decent start for this team.

    Freshman Hana Mirnik from Slovenia, after shooting 75 and 76 on Tuesday, shot a very fine 69 today. Senior Lane Evans lead the way for the Shocks at 217 which was good for 6th individually. Hana finished at 220 good for 12th and Senior Gavrilla Aray tied for 14th at 222. After that it fell off quite a bit to Anna Chickering at 233 and Chiara Arya at 238,

    Michelle Ledermann competing as an individual shot a 222. Has Michelle been part of the team lineup the Shocks would have finished 3rd and improved by 11 strokes.

    While this is a decent start the team still seems to have the same challenges as last year which IMO was a lack of depth and consistency. We'll see how it goes.


    • #3
      I had the privilege of meeting the womens golf coach. I was very impressed with him as a person. Very humble and a class act. He said the problem he is having to adjust to with being in a new conference is that the courses are longer. Going forward that will change how they have to recruit as far as getting kids that are longer drivers.
      I did mention that I invented the cross-over dribble back in the early 70"s but it didn't seem to be useful information for his program.
      I invented the cross-over dribble in the early 70's


      • #4
        Wichita native returned home to wrap up golfing career as a Shocker


        Nice article on Shocker senior out of Maize South, Laine Evans.


        • #5
          A tough day out in Idaho for the Lady Shocks. After the first 2 rounds of the Coeur D'Alene Collegiate they find themselves in 18th (dead last) at 40-over par. They were much better in Round 2 (14-over) than Round 1 (26-over). On the day the Shocks scorecards contained 4 triple bogeys and 2 quadruple bogeys. That can damage a scorecard in a hurry.


          • #6
            Pretty good tournament for the Shocks to compare skills. Many competitive programs. Ladies playing much better today. If they can finish, moving up 3-5 spots is not out of the question.


            • #7
              Originally posted by WuDrWu View Post
              Pretty good tournament for the Shocks to compare skills. Many competitive programs. Ladies playing much better today. If they can finish, moving up 3-5 spots is not out of the question.
              The ladies did play a little bit better today although they gave up a few storkes late. However, they were only able to move up 1 spot from 18th to 17th. There 12-over par effort today was the 7th best score in Round 3.

              The 2 seniors lead the way. Gavrilla had a very clean scorecard offsetting 1 bogey with 1 birdie and adding 16 pars for an even par 71 while Laine Evans chipped in with a 2-over 73. Michelle Ledermann contibuted a 75. Freshman Hanna Mirnik finished off the Round 3 scoring with an interesting 6-over 77. Hanna parred her first 7 holes, then went bogey, bogey, bogey, double-bogey over the next 4 holes before making 6 pars and 1 bogey over her final 7 holes. Anna Chickering had the throw away score with an 81.

              Unlike yesterday there was only 1 triple bogey on the teams scorecard today and that was by Anna which ended up not counting. Avoiding the big numbers certainly helped today.

              I think the challenges are pretty standard for this team. Developing consistency and depth.

              Last edited by 1972Shocker; 6 hours ago.