Last week, the Lady Tiger’s golf team competed in the SWAC Invitational Golf Tournament in Monroe, and brought home first place. The tournament was the first win of the year for the team and, according to them, it will not be the last. “To start off the season with a win will only build up our morale,” said Yasmine Rick, the only senior on the team.
Coach Tegitra Thomas, who coaches the men’s and women’s golf team, says that the ladies talent was never in question because they have always been able to play.
“Talent, with these girls was never an issue, it was eligibility that kept them from playing last season,” said Thomas.
The Grambling women’s golf team has not really gotten any recognition, so the team has hopes that this win will show what the women’s and men’s team can do.
“This win will show that Grambling has arrived in golf, not only to the school, but also to schools we compete against,” said sophmore Patrice Walker.
The ladies say that preparing for the tournament was quite a task, but in the end it paid off.
“We conditioned at 6 a.m., and hit some balls, and worked on the power for driving,” said Rick.
The girls agreed that good scores are what got them the win. “Concentration and not really looking at the other teams was the key,” said Nichole Dixon.
The girls fully expect to win their next tournament, they said victory is the only option.
The Lady Tiger golf team’s next challenge is in Pratville, Ala., on Nov. 7-9. They will compete against Alabama A&M University, Texas Southern University, Mississippi Valley State University, and Southern University.
“We think that Texas Southern University and Southern University will be our greatest competition, but we don’t want to count out the other teams,” added Rick.