On Sept. 9 and 10 the University of Dallas Men and Women’s golf teams competed in their first tournaments of the season. The Lady Crusaders placed 10th overall while the men took 2nd.
Senior Erik Hamm led UD on the men’s side with a 214, tying for 3rd place overall, according to UD athletics. Hamm started the first round of the tournament with a 68, a career-low. Junior Robby Evans paced UD for the last 18 holes of the tournament with a 70. Evans and junior Emilio Montalvo led the crusaders with nine birdies.
On the women’s side, freshman Kaylei Richardson led the crusaders in her collegiate debut with a 181. Richardson placed 37th overall while freshman Claire Kirby, also in her collegiate debut, tied for 38th with a 184. Freshman Emma Christensen and Sophomore Tiffany Han, the lone returner on the team, also competed, finishing with a 213 and 226, respectfully.
“I think the Lady Bulldog event was a great start to the season,” said Han. “Since it was the first time we competed as a team, we were all pretty nervous. It was also the start of school so we were still adjusting to our schedules. But we all learned a lot about our game at the tournament.”
The crusaders boast a new assistant coach, Megan Thothong, who will help coach the four lady crusaders as she pursues her MBA at UD.
Kirby is optimistic that the team has room for improvement.
“Honestly I feel like even though it wasn’t any of our best rounds, it’s a good place to start and we can only go up from here,” said Kirby.