2018-06-28 / Sports

Cox starts strong at Women’s Open

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff


NICHOLE COX tees off on Monday, June 25, in the first round of the Women’s Open at Crystal Mountain. NICHOLE COX tees off on Monday, June 25, in the first round of the Women’s Open at Crystal Mountain. A hometown athlete is making golf turn from a sport to a job.

On Monday, June 25, former Glen Lake golfer Nichole Cox competed in the first round Michigan Professional Golfers’ Association Women’s Open. The tournament was played at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville.

Cox won three state championships as a Laker, and continues to play golf for the Bowling Green State Falcons.

“She elevated the Glen Lake program,” former coach at Glen Lake Paul Christensen said. “She helped Glen Lake make it to the states as a team, and win as an individual.”

On the front nine, Cox had a par on her first four holes. Holes five and six were a problem for Cox, as she had a double bogey and bogey. She finished the front nine three over par.

On the back nine, Cox started the first four just like in front nine. Cox had a par on each of the first four holes on the back nine. She had a birdie on hole 14, then bogeyed hole 15.

She would birdie hole 16 and bogey hole 17, but finish the day with a birdie on hole 18.

“It was a pretty good round overall,” she said. “It was just a fun time, and I’m glad I played well.”

Cox finished the day tied for 27th overall, and two over par for the open.

The par threes were difficult, as Cox finished the round three over par on all the par three holes.

Round two took place Tuesday, June 26, and Cox finished her day tied in the top 30 left.

On the front nine, Cox started the first hole with a bogey, but was able to make up with a birdie on the third hole. Cox would bogey the fourth hole but finish the front nine with three birdies, and finish two under par.

On the back nine, Cox opened the first two holes with pars, but bogeyed number 12. Cox would make up with a birdie on number 15.

Cox would end the round with three bogeys, and finish the back nine three over par.

“I struggled at first on the fast greens,” Cox said. “I think I only missed the fairway once on the day.”

Cox finished her second round a stroke better then her performance the first day. The par threes are difficult at Crystal Mountain, as she finished two over par on the par threes alone.

Cox has continued to work on her game and get better then she has ever been. Christiansen said he saw talent in her the starting with her freshman year and getting even better each passing year.

“She has really worked on her game,” Christensen said. “She has played at Crystal Mountain a few times and knows the course well.”

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