Claremore Daily Progress

September 17, 2013

WOMEN'S GOLF: Ex-Claremore standout Hocutt set to lead Lady 'Cats


CLAREMORE — The 2012-13 season of Hillcat women’s golf could be summed up with one word: Depth. The depth of the field of quality teams in tournaments on the Rogers State schedule this season and the depth of talent up and down the Hillcat roster this year.

Entering the fifth year of Hillcat Golf, coach Lynn Blevins has compiled the toughest test for his women’s squad in program history with a schedule that will challenge his young team. The Hillcat skipper pointed to the depth of the talented teams at the Hillcats scheduled tournaments for the 2013-14 slate.

“We are playing a lot harder schedule than we have played in the past,” said Blevins. “We usually finished middle of the pack and even won some. But now playing in Division II tournaments and 12 team fields, we could finish fifth or sixth and it be a really good tournament.”

The season begins September 16-17 at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City at the OCU Stars Fall Invitational before traveling to Amarillo, Texas for the West Texas A&M hosted Lady Buff Stampede at Tascosa Country Club the first Monday of October.

October 14-15 at Dallas National Golf Club the Hillcat will compete in the Dallas Baptist Invitational before wrapping up its four-tournament fall slate at the Arkansas-Monticello Fall Classic at The Greens at North Hills, October 21-22.

The RSU spring schedule spans from February to April, totaling six tournaments, with four trips to Texas. RSU stays in the state of Oklahoma for the Crimson Storm Invitational March 3-4. The season will come to a conclusion April 7-8 at the Natural State Invitational in Hebner Springs, Ark. at The Red Apple Inn & Country Club.

The depth of the Hillcats roster begins with senior Whitney Hocutt. Entering her fourth season with the Hillcats the Claremore, Okla. native holds career records for Low 54 Hole Total, Low 36 Hole Total, and Low Round Versus Par.  

Blevins spoke of his lone senior, “Whitney, who is a senior, her leadership is really, really good.”

Junior Cecilie Nordahl joins Hocutt as a returner as do sophomores Chelsea Burney, Kelsey Stuever and Raquel Trevino. Nordahl was third on the team as a sophomore with a versus par average of 11.67 a season ago.

“Kelsey and Chelsea both provide a solid core of what I think we need to do to continue as a program,” the Hillcat head coach said of Stuever and Burney.

Stuever played in all ten tournaments for the Hillcats as a freshman averaging a versus par score of 15.55. Burney saw action in eight tournaments, averaging a versus par score of 15.19 in her freshman season on the Hill.

“Raquel has the ability to be our best player,” Blevins said of the Houston, Texas native. “I feel good about the core coming back, because it’s something we can build on.”

Trevino will look to build upon a freshman season that saw her post a team best average of 81.25 for a versus par average of 9.45. She tallied a team best finish at the Diffee Ford Lincoln Invitational tying for fourth with an 83-79—162 finish helping the Hillcats to its lone team title of 2012-13.

Joining the five Hillcat returners are four newcomers that have coach Blevins excited not only for the upcoming season but also for the future.

“I’m excited about what we have coming in and I think they have really bought into what it takes to succeed,” said Blevins of the recruiting class.

Michelle Tierney made the journey from Ireland to join the Hillcats in 2013. As a junior she helped the province of Munster panel capture the Irish Interprovincials Championship for the first time in 25 years.

 “The freshman from Ireland, Michelle Tierney, is a real pleasant surprise. I didn’t get to see her in person and only saw her swing on video,” said Blevins. “Her work ethic, commitment, and attitude are better than I ever expected. She is ready to compete at this level.”

Kina Boone joins the Cats from Choctaw, Okla. where she finished in the Top 10 of the Oklahoma Class 6A Individual State Championship as a junior and senior. “Kina Boone, I think, will be an exceptional player as time goes on.”

Another player from the Sooner State, Morgan Brown helped lead the Henryetta Lady Knights to the State Tournament four consecutive years, collecting two regional championships. “Morgan is going to add depth,” said Blevins. “The competition to make the top five is going to be really competitive and is really pushing these girls to work really hard to get better.”

Rounding out the recruiting class is Carrollton, Texas native Mica Eastin. The freshman reached postseason play in her three years at Creekview High School.

The depth of the women’s team has Blevins expecting more consistency and competition for the upcoming year, “To play in the top five really means something and means a lot to these women,” said Blevins. “I think our women’s team has the potential to be competitive in tournaments day in and day out for the first time.”