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Women's golf swings into action for fall tournaments

Sept. 12, 2003

By Catherine Brown, reporter

With five players returning from last season, the Lady Bears golf team is set for a year of learning, based on coach Syliva Ferdon's new theme for the 2003 season.

Ferdon wants her team to ask questions and improve as a result of what they learn from their mistakes. She would like her team to take advice from golf pro Tiger Wood's comment, 'If I come out every day with the attitude that I can learn something, then I will accomplish what I want in the game.'

Ferdon wants the Lady Bears to be a 'TASK force powered by TLC.' TASK is an acronym for Team Always Seek Knowledge, and TLC means Trust, Learn and Commitment.

'That's what they need to do. I think if they come to practice every day doing that and if they will set their goals, focus on them and learn from them, we'll have a good season,' Ferdon said.

Ferdon said she doesn't want to focus all the team's energy on the fall season because the main part of the golfing season is during the spring semester.

'We've done that before, and we've been hot. I'm not pleased with how we finished last year in conference. It was a disappointing seventh-place finish, so I want to make sure we peak at the right time. I want to be a lot better in our results for the Big 12 Championship and our regionals,' she said.

With these goals in mind, the Lady Bears opened their season last weekend at the Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic held at Colorado State University. They came home with sixth place, and five players ranked individually in the tournament. Josefin Svenningsson, a sophomore from Sweden, was the top Lady Bear finisher in seventh place.

'I played really well in the first round, shot a 69 and didn't do very well in the second round. I was happy with that because it's my top finish so far,' Svenningsson said.

Anna Rehnholm, a freshman from Sweden, tied for 20th place, Kelli McKandless, a senior from Hamilton, tied for 32nd place, Michaelyn Morgan, a senior from Austin, tied for 47th place and Meredith Jones, a sophomore from Eugene, Ore., finished in 55th place.

'I'm pleased but not overly ecstatic,' Ferdon said. 'We basically shot ourselves in the foot our second round on the 36-hole day. We went from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with no break.'

Baylor will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the Dick McGuire Invitational Friday.

'This tournament is big and is one of the premiere golf tournaments in college women's golf,' Ferdon said. 'We didn't play the golf course well last year.'

Ferdon wants the next two weeks of practice to focus on analyzing what problems they had in the first tournament.

They will travel to New Mexico again Oct. 6, for the Price's Give'Em Five Invitational held at New Mexico State University.

The last tournament of the fall semester is the University of Notre Dame's Adidas Fall Classic. The tournament will be in Palm Harbor, Fla., Oct. 19.

The future looks bright for the team this season with the addition of two new recruits.

'We have two new girls on the team who have talent, and I think they're going to bring a lot to our team,' Morgan said.

Ferdon said the team has more depth this year, which might prove to be a key element in competing in the Big 12 this year compared to last year.