Golden Suns golf has hopes of national championship

With the best fall golf season the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns have ever had out of the way, the women are now preparing for the spring season. The Golden Suns finished in the top four in all five events they played in, and coach Amy Anderson hopes to return to the national championship in the spring.

There were many highlights from the fall season the women and their coach were very proud of.

“The national championship would have to be our biggest accomplishment last season,” Anderson said. “I was so proud of my team.”

Anderson contributes last season’s success to her three seniors on the team — Rebecka Surtevall of Stockholm, Sweden; Megan Jeffery of Waldron; and Taylor Kline of Springdale.

“They really teach the younger girls what a leader should look like,” Anderson said.

Surtevall, Kline and Jeffery are all trying to enjoy the semester and work as hard as they can one last time as a Golden Sun, Jeffery said.

“One of the tournaments we were very proud to win was the GolfWeek Invitational in Oregon,” Jeffery said. “That trip itself was so memorable and something I won’t ever forget.”

Surtevall finished the season with an average score of 72.70 or plus-1. Her career average score overall is 75.99 from 2011-15.

“Players like Rebecka don’t come around very often,” Anderson said. “I’m grateful to have had her on my team.”

Anderson said she is preparing the women for the upcoming season by practicing every day at 3 p.m. until the sun goes down or for at least four hours.

“Golf is such a mental sport that the slightest thing that gets in your head can mess you and your game up as a whole,” Anderson said.

Spring weather is more challenging for the team, according to Jeffery, so they try to take full advantage of the good weather when they have it.

“While practicing, we all practice on certain areas of our game that need the most work, but we also have fun competitions to prepare us for tournaments,” Jeffery said.

The Golden Suns are a close group of women and are close to Anderson as well. The women spend time together and bond off the course by hanging out with Anderson and her husband and doing things like cooking together and playing guitar. With nine women on the team, Anderson has to pay close attention to each of the women and work on their game individually.

“I have to learn their personalities and figure out how to help them individually,” Anderson said. “I earned their respect by caring about them and helping them when they need me.”

The Golden Suns began the spring season with the St. Edward’s Spring Invite in Austin, Texas Monday and Tuesday.
“We have very high hopes to continue our victories,” Jeffery said. “We all have goals for this season and hope to achieve them.”