The Redlands Community College golf team has had a successful Fall season despite all of the challenges of competing during a pandemic. The team competed in four tournaments against other NAIA and NJCAA schools, taking first place in three of them and a close second in the final tournament.
“I'm proud of the work they put in as it's really paying off. There are many things we can improve on and we'll continue to do so in the off season,” said Taylor Sliauter, Redlands head coach. “We plan on returning to a more normal season come Spring. It is our goal to compete at nationals so our entire Spring season can be viewed as preparation for that event.”
Players are typically divided into groups during a tournament so a team does not play the course together. This year, to limit contact with other players, the teams compete as a group.
“It has definitely been a different dynamic, but I have really enjoyed being able to coach all the girls at once and not miss any of the action,” Sliauter said.
The team, consisting of one sophomore and six freshmen, has been understanding of the additional responsibilities due to COVID-19, including daily temperature checks and mask requirements. According to Sliauter, the players recognize the importance of the requirements because it enables the student athletes to compete but, more importantly, keeps them safe and healthy.
“I am extremely proud of the leadership displayed by Coach Sliauter during these challenging times,” said Redlands President Jack Bryant. “She and the Lady Cougars are a great example of the quality individuals who make up our Redlands family.”