Smith shoots well in Spokane

October 2, 2012

Kalan SmithTrinity golfer junior Kalan Smith finished seventh in field of 40 women at the Whitworth Women's Invitational held at Spokane Country Club on September 30 and October 1.

Smith shot a two round total of 163. Trinity's Jackie Afualo, a junior, finished 18th with a 175 total.

The other competitors were representing much larger schools from NCAA Division 3 including Whitman, Whitworth, Willamette, Linfield and Puget Sound, Warner Pacific from NAIA Division 2, and Northern Idaho from NJCAA.

"Trinity's golfers are competing well with these much larger, well established programs," said Head Golf Coach Jeff Cornish.

"As we continue to play, I know our golfers individually are creating positive awareness and interest in Trinity as a college with a desirable golf program," said Cornish.

"We have a ways to go to make news with our team scores; but our individuals are playing with effort and a great attitude. After just two tournaments, we are already becoming known as a program that has players that other golfers respect and want to play with. This is success for our new program and the other coaches are seeing that."

While in the Spokane area, the men's golf team played with Eastern Washington University club recreation team players, and then the next day posted an official score at Antler Springs Golf Course. Antler Springs Golf Course is owned by Dr. Nathan Stime, the son of Eugene Stime, Trinity's first president.

The Stimes hosted the men's and women's golf teams in addition to donating the golf rounds for the men.

"The Stimes were incredibly gracious to our team," said Cornish. "This experience was valuable for our players on many levels. The Stimes' property is amazing, their hospitality was way beyond our hopes, and our team had a very meaningful time together. We are already thinking of a spring match at Antler Springs versus other Spokane area programs."