Oct. 31, 2012
Trinity Lutheran College women’s golfer Kalan Smith represented herself and her program well this last week, posting a two day total of 171 at the 2012 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Women’s Golf Invitational. The event was played at Panama City, Florida’s Hombre Golf Course “Good/Bad” layout playing 5,904 yards, Par 72.
Smith played with poise and perseverance against NCAA Division 2 powerhouse programs such as Dallas Baptist, California Baptist, and Oklahoma Christian, shooting an 84 and an 87.
“This was a new experience for Kalan on a course that was unfamiliar. She did well. I know she would agree with me that she left a few strokes out there, especially on the second day; but overall it was a great experience,” said Jeff Cornish, Trinity Lutheran College golf coach.
Smith finished tied for the 31st position in a field of 51 players. She was one of only six women invited to play as an individual without a team, based on her scoring average in the regular season. Smith was the top finisher among the other individual players.
Nine teams competed for the team title, with the team from Dallas Baptist winning NCCAA banner. Erin Barrington of Dallas Baptist was the medalist with a score of 145. Her teammate Mercedes Rios along with Pauline Schopp of Shorter University tied for second with scores of 151.