Home sweet home
Swaney finishes second in first home tournament to help Mesa win team crown
Sara Swaney played her first home collegiate tournament on possibly the toughest golf course on the Western Slope.
The Colorado Mesa sophomore transfer from the University of Sioux Falls overcame a tough start in the first round Monday to take second place after the final round Tuesday at the Golf Club at Redlands Mesa to lead the Mavericks to the team title.
“It’s definitely different when you’re out there playing in a tournament,” Swaney said. “There is a little more pressure for every shot. Sometimes you read into it too much. You know the course, but you can overthink it.”
Swaney took second with 155 strokes, nine behind Metro State’s Nathalie Gallacher, who shot a 2-over-par 146.
Colorado Mesa took three of the top five spots to win its spring invitational. The Mavericks scored 649 and won by 23 strokes over Metro State, which took second with 672. Regis and Colorado Christian tied for third with 682.
“We wanted to play a tough schedule this spring,” CMU coach Scott Hansen said. “Our end goal is to win the RMAC. Our goals were to win this tournament and the RMAC. We’re on the right path.”
Mesa’s Zoe Woodworth was fourth with 159 strokes, Loren Forney tied for fifth at 161, Rachel Cavalier carded a 177, and Taylor Walters shot 179.
“I had a blowup hole on the 12th, but I ended up even after that (on the last five holes),” Woodworth said. “I was hitting the ball good.”
Swaney played a more consistent round Tuesday, trimming one stroke off her first-round score.
Colorado Mesa’s Colin Prater tied for first place in the Western New Mexico Intercollegiate at the Palm Valley Golf Course in Goodyear, Ariz.
The Mesa sophomore shot a 4-under-par 68 in the third and final round and finished at 8-under 208 along with CSU-Pueblo’s Alex Tiong. Western New Mexico’s Thomas Neve was third at 209.
Western New Mexico won the team title with 853 strokes. Colorado Mesa was 12th at 887.
Mesa’s Trevor McKune scored 220, Chris Aiken 229, Adam Griffith 230 and Billy Ramsey 233.