Creighton women’s golf team opened their season in Las Vegas earlier this week.

It was a fitting start as it was the site of its last tournament a year ago.

While the trip may have looked different this year, the Jays showed signs of the progress and momentum built from last year.

Junior Katie Allen and sophomore Gabby Tremblay led, tying for 29th place with Allen shooting a 78 on the final day.

The location provides more than a funny coincidence. It also fits this year’s team narrative: To continue where they left off.

“We have a really good team and had a lot of really good things going last year, and I hope we can continue that progress,” coach Debbie Conry said.

The progress started in the fall of 2019 with the help of young talent when the team won its first home tournament, and it continued into last spring before the shutdown.

“We have a ton of potential. This team is pretty young, and I am excited to see where this season leads us,” senior golfer and captain Margaret Hickey said.

This talented youth is led by Tremblay, a recipient of the “Big East golfer of the week” award last year, and freshman Katie Berrian.

These two, along with the experience and poise of Hickey and Allen and Kristen Goertz, have the Jays excited for what’s ahead.

“These girls have worked so hard and been so disciplined, I am just excited to see it pay off,” Conry said.

Hickey expressed the same excitement and gratitude to return to the course to finish her college career the right way.

“It has been a full year and I cannot wait to start the season again. It has been hard with so much uncertainty, but I am just thankful for the opportunity to play my final year with my teammates and hopefully finish strong,” Hickey said.

The team’s back in action Monday and Tuesday in Springfield, Missouri.

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