Boxer Golf Team is heading into Conference Championships with new records and momentum.
A few weeks ago, Pacific University’s women’s golf team grabbed a win at the Puget Sound Invitational for the first time since 2010—and did so in an exciting, come-from-behind fashion,
Overcoming a 10-stroke deficit heading into the final round, and ended winning by seven strokes; all told, a 17-stroke swing. Pacific’s team included Nikki Tabios, Avery Arnold, Brenda Castillo Amparan, Madison Cabardo, and Anna Gill, who produced an overall score of 336—the team’s lowest score since 2007.
“I believe that both the women’s and men’s teams are starting to show who Pacific golf really is, and with the women’s team this is a new thing,” explained Gill, a first-year student on the team. “We’re always looking to break new school records and win more tournaments.”
Gill has played 6 rounds this year for the Boxers, averaging 89, with her best round at 81.
“For me, I think that I’m coming into form these last few tournaments, and it’s all going to click for me at the right time,” assured Gill.
The Boxers are coached by Braden Ash, a former captain of the Boxer golf team for three of his four years and who graduated in 2020. In his second year as Head Coach, Ash believes the season is going well for both teams. Clearly the latest victory for the women is proof positive—and, when it comes to the men, he feels they trending in the right direction.
“The men have started to find their rhythm following the final round of the NWC Spring Classic where they shot a school record 298 at The Links Course in Post Falls, Idaho,” explained Coach Ash. “I expect them to carry that momentum into the NWC Conference Championships as well.”
Kam Romney was there for the Idaho tournament and commented on the less-than-ideal weather conditions. Idaho was much hotter than the rainy weather Oregon has been offering.
“The first day there were 30 miles per hour winds with hail flurries which caused three different weather delays,” said Romey. “Our average for that day was an 84, the second day the weather was pure, with a little wind and we averaged a 75.”
If both teams can keep building on their recent success they will each have a shot to rank highly during the NWC Conference Championships, which takes place on April 22-23 at OGA Golf Course in Woodburn, Oregon. — Cole Weber