Hannah Mason, physical education sophomore, tees off in the South Central Kansas Spring Invitational on March 19. The tournament was hosted at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Winfield. Mason shot an 18-hole total of 76. (Audrey Vorderlandwehr/ Collegian photographer)

Hannah Mason, physical education sophomore, tees off in the South Central Kansas Spring Invitational on March 19. The tournament was hosted at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Winfield. Mason shot an 18-hole total of 76. (Audrey Vorderlandwehr/ Collegian photographer)

By Bailey VenJohn
Staff reporter

The women’s golf season has come to an end. The team had its ups and downs but overall the season could be considered successful.

Hannah Mason, physical education sophomore, displayed tremendous success this year. Mason claimed championship honors individually three times this year. Tim Jasper, assistant coach, said winning these was her greatest accomplishment this year.

The first tournament that she won was played at the Winfield Country Club. This tournament closed the Lady Builders Fall season on a positive as the team claimed first. Mason ended the outing with a 36-hole total of 157.

The second time Mason came out on top was also played at the Winfield Country Club. Mason shot a 157 over two rounds and led the team to a fourth place finish.

The third time Mason earned first place was in the Sterling Invitational played at Carey Park in Hutchinson. The team finished third overall. Mason finished with a total of 156 in 36-holes.

Not only does Mason bring success to the team she is also a great asset overall. Alyssa Richardson, professional communication sophomore, is one of Mason’s teammates.

Richardson said, “I feel like Hannah always has a positive attitude about everything in general. Not just her game but everybody’s.”

Richardson and Mason have played competitive golf together since their junior year of high school. Both were graduates of the 2011 class of Andover Central High School.

“We always have a good time, we’ve played together for a long time and Hannah always keeps the mood light and fun” said Richardson.

Mason’s coaches had nothing but good words to say about her. Jasper said, “Her hard work and dedication makes her successful. She brings good chemistry, a hard work ethic and a positive attitude to the team.”

Mason started playing golf with her family when she was younger but never really took it seriously until she got in high school and decided to start playing competitively.

“I feel like I’m a patient player. You see a lot of players when they make a bad shot they get angry and I feel like that doesn’t help, it makes things worse. I try to be calm and let things go,” said Mason about her success.

Along with achievement comes struggle. “I feel like I struggle around the greens and I sometimes battle within myself. Golf is a mental game and you have to be prepared to have bad shots and bad luck,” said Mason.

For Mason, golf is more than just a game. “Golf is a frustrating game but it’s my stress reliever. It’s a game that I can play and have fun.”

Mason said she prefers teeing off over putting, and that the driver is her favorite club to use. “As a kid, that’s the first club I always went to cause it goes the farthest.

The team took a trip to Rome, Ga. last year to compete in the Chick-Fil-A Collegiate Invitational hosted by Berry College. The flight down to Georgia was the first time Mason had ever flown in a plane.

“The Coosa Country Club course in Rome, Georgia is my favorite course I’ve ever played on. It was hard, but a nice course,” said Mason.

Next year is already being thought about amongst the team.

Jasper said “Next year we have a great chance of winning regionals and having the team go back to nationals.”

“I’m most excited for the new players to come in while we are still keeping five from this year,” Richardson said.

Bailey VenJohn is a freshman majoring in communication. You may email her at bailey.venjohn@sckans.edu.