Aug. 31, 2012
The Montana women's golf team is ready to kick off its season not far from home. The team will travel to Bozeman this weekend to compete in the three-day Bobcat Invitational, with 18-hole rounds Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
"We are looking for success in this tournament," says second-year coach Emily Milberger. "It's a great tournament for our strong team to go for a win and showcase our talent."
The tournament is fairly small, featuring five teams. In addition to Montana and Montana State, Southern Utah, Utah Valley and North Dakota will compete.
Montana will be taking all six of its players. Five will compete as a team, and one player will compete as an individual. Milberger likes having a perfect number of six on the team. She says it allows players to compete as individuals, which just helps them get better and more competitive.
The women's golf team features a strong group of returners with senior Olivia Weber, junior Natalie Beard and sophomore Tara Green. In addition to the returning girls, the team added two freshmen, Haley Bingham and Kyla Clancy. Rounding out the team is junior Lindsay Reeve, a recent transfer from New Mexico State.
Reeve is no stranger to the college golf scene. She performed well at NMSU but felt a need for change.
"It didn't feel like home," the Redmond, Ore., native said. "My golf game wasn't progressing like I wanted it to. Transferring has been a real positive change for me. I am looking forward to carrying on the momentum of playing well."
Milberger is happy with her freshman incomers. Both Bingham and Clancy had strong high school careers. Bingham served as her high school golf team's captain both her junior and senior year in Rockwell, Texas. Clancy, who hails from Park City, Mont., claimed the 2010 Class A state championship by nine strokes as a junior.
"I am really looking forward to playing with a new team," says Clancy. "We have really good chemistry, and we are serious about golf and throwing low scores."
"The freshmen have a great pedigree of winning and passion," says Milberger. "They really have the desire to move the program forward."
2012 Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year Green is ready to get this season rolling. In this first tournament, she expects to place in the top ten if not top five and she is ready to help her team bring home a win.
Actually, winning was a resounding theme as the team practiced Thursday afternoon. They all agree this season is the season to bring home a Big Sky Conference championship.
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