The concept of man vs. nature has been on par for the Boxers of the women’s golf team. While the idea of rain on a golf course seems unfortunate, for these women, a torrential downpour is just a new obstacle to overcome.

“We are out there for four to five hours at a time,” said senior Valerie Kitamori. “It’s cold and wet but we still play. The weather is just another thing we have to consider.”

The incessant rain is something that Kitamori had to get accustomed to since her hometown is on the Big Island of Hawai’i, where rain is not commonplace. The Boxers have already experienced one cancellation against Corban College this last Saturday due to the unfavorable weather, but the Boxers roughed it out to represent Pacific on the green.

While many would not put themselves through intense rainy conditions to play golf the motivation is, put simply,

“It’s because I love the game,” said Kitamori.

Kitamori added that the team aspect is what she loves about playing golf.

“If I wasn’t part of a team, then I most likely would not play,” said Kitamori.

With a lot of new players joining the team this year, leadership offered by sport veterans like Kitamori are proving to be invaluable to the team’s growth.

The team features three seniors: Kitamori, Tami Park and Cathryn Heath along with their sophomores and freshmen teammates.

Because of the new players, Kitamori stressed how important going back to the basics and fundamentals of the game will be since the team is so young.

“Pretty much everyone gets to play, my coach likes to make sure everyone gets a chance to get some experience,” said Kitamori.

In the 2010 spring season, the Boxers placed sixth at the Northwest Conference Spring classics and for the 2010 fall season, the Boxers were in sixth place heading into day two of the tournament, but withdrew.

Boxers tee off next at the Warrior Invitational Monday, March 14 in Lewiston, Idaho.

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