As this spring sports season enters the home stretch, the Bobcat women’s golf team, commonly called Cat Golf, is in full swing. Montana State was represented by golfers Kameryn Bayse, Annika Danenhauer, Hailey Oster, Sofia Rodriguez Todd and Hannah Rosanova in last week’s Cowgirl Classic tournament in Maricopa, Arizona on April 5 and 6. Additionally, Montana State faced off against Portland State for a three-round head-to-head matchup on Wednesday, April 7.

Cat Golf’s season is ramping up just in time for the Big Sky Conference Championship, which will be held in Molalla, Oregon from Monday, April 19 through Wednesday, April 21. To get an inside look at the team’s season, The Exponent spoke with sophomore Annika Danenhauer and juniors Hailey Oster and Sofia Rodriguez Todd.

According to Montana State’s golfers, the most significant challenge at this stage in the season is still the lack of outdoor practice available in Bozeman. Golf courses in town have opened for the season, but unpredictable spring weather continues to affect playing conditions. “The week before we came [to Arizona] we were planning on practicing outside all week but it got really cold again and we had to go indoors,” Danenhauer said. Limited access to outdoor courses restricts the number of different shots that golfers can practice, making the transition to tournament play much more difficult. “It’s still quite limited,” Rodriguez Todd said.

Due to Montana’s ever-changing spring weather, Cat Golf strategically front-loads its tournament schedule to secure as much outdoor playing time as possible in the weeks leading up to the conference championship. “That way when it comes down to conference, we’ve been playing for a while,” Rodriguez Todd said. Many of Montana State’s opponents in the Big Sky Conference, such as Sacramento State and Portland State, have access to outdoor courses year-round, so maximizing outdoor practice down the stretch is crucial for Cat Golf in order to level their playing field.

As the semester winds down and golf heats up, Montana State's golfers are thrilled to be traveling with their teammates and competing once again. “It’s fun to be with the team,” Oster said. “I feel like our team is actually really close and everyone gets along well which makes it really easy.” Danenhauer agreed with Oster saying that, “The best part is just getting to play, to be here, and to have the support of a school to do it.”

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