University record shattered by golf team

New head coach and lone senior speak on future season

By Alana Edgin
On November 6, 2015

Records continue to be broken in the Ram and Rambelle athletic teams this season, and the Belle golf team is no exception.

After a victorious season last spring where the team placed third in the Lone Star Conference Golf Championship, the Belles are hoping to be on their way to another great season.

“We want to go to the national tournament, place in the top 12 in our region and win the LSC Championship,” Head Coach Keith McCutchen said.

This is McCutchen’s first season coaching collegiate golf. In 2011, he stopped coaching after building experience as an athletic director and coach at Bronte ISD from 1992 to 2011.

He is also an alumni from the class of 1972 and played golf for the university, where he advanced to nationals in all four of his years at ASU.

In the team’s season opener on Sept. 15 in Westworth Village, the five women showed potential by placing fifth in the tournament.

This trend continued at their next meet on Oct. 6 in Canyon, Texas where they placed fifth again, with lone senior of the team Liz Chavarria placing in the top ten at both meets.

“I feel confident in how I did,” Chavarria said. “I know I struggle putting the two days together, but I have gotten better and hope to put it towards the next semester.”

Only four meets were scheduled for the fall season, and the last two were the Dallas Baptist Classic in Dallas on Oct. 13 and the Oklahoma Intercollegiate in Oklahoma on Oct. 20.

While the team was tied for sixth with Central Oklahoma with a total of 600, a season low, in the Dallas Classic, redshirt freshman Kamryn Cummings created a career best by tying for second place with a total of 140 from the two days of play. This was also a season low for her and she was named LSC Women’s Golfer of the week, being the first of the team to win a weekly award since Courtney Rutledge in the 2013- 2014 season.

“I’m proud of Kamryn and Leah [Meza],” Chavarria said. “We did amazing and we can do better.”

During the Oklahoma Intercollegiate, the Belles broke a university record, along with breaking their personal bests. The women placed a season best as third and a new university record of 291 for one round.

“We didn’t know what the record was going into the tournament,” McCutchen said. “I think it’s a great accomplishment for the team and they were really excited about it.”

Out of the team of five, four of the women placed in the top 15 at the meet. Cummings took fourth place with 144, including seven birdies and 23 pars. This was her second week in the top five.

Alicia Lehane, freshman, tied for fourth with 148. She broke her personal best by placing fourth and got her career best round with 72. Chavarria and Meza, sophomore, tied for 14th with a score of 153. Courtney Ward, sophomore, placed 32nd with 160.

“I didn’t know what to expect but we kept getting better each week,” McCutchen said. “I think we have a good hold going in to next season.”

With the way the spring season has gone, the Belles could be on their way to another good season.

“It’s an honor to be on the team,” Chavarria said. “When I was a freshman I wanted to be the best, and since golf is such a mental game, it’s a downfall to lose. Breaking the university record motivates us to break the record again and I am proud of the team and how we did."

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