Bowling: Picking up where she left off

These past two weeks have been electrifying for two-time ODAC player of the year, junior Olivia Bowling, as she has been swarming through the competition.

Starting the golf season off with a bang, Bowling has been consistently recognized for winning an individual title at the NYU Invitational tournament, achieving ODAC Player of the Week and succeeding in winning against 38 Division one golfers at the Navy Invitational.

The Yellow Jackets were able to finish fourth out of the 12 colleges competing at the NYU International. At the tournament, Bowling shot an even-par 72 on Saturday and a two-under 70 on Sunday in the last round at the tournament, totaling 142 points, which allowed her to win an individual title at the NYU Invitational.

In addition to her individual honors at the tournament, Bowling was recognized by the ODACs as the Player of the Week for her performance at the tournament. She said she was honored to be recognized for her game at the NYU Invitational, but she was also excited for shooting a 70, which is the lowest number in her college career. This was a huge achievement for Bowling and showed her that hard work pays off.

The NYU Invitational helped prepare Bowling for the competition she was facing at the Navy Invitational as she would be playing against Division one players. The pressure was on, but it did not deter Bowling from success. At the invitational, she was able to lead her team by beating out 38 Division one players in the three rounds of the tournament.

When it was suggested that being the team captain and her college career accomplishments could put pressure on her game, Bowling humbly responded by stating, “I don’t feel any pressure on the course. It’s a new game every time, and you never know what’s going to happen.” She said she is excited to break her two previous seasonal records which helps motivate her to go on the course at practice.

Bowling’s passion for the game started as a kid as she used to hit plastic golf balls in her backyard with her father. Bowling said she never thought that hitting golf balls in her backyard as a kid would help lead her to become a two-time ODAC Player of the Year. The golf course has become a second home for Bowling, and she described the game as “addictive” and that her passion for the game has never strayed.

Her college career has been exciting as she constantly is improving upon her game. Despite her accomplishments on and off the course, her coach holds everyone to the same standards, and the mission of the team is to prepare the players for life on and off the course. Bowling said she does not shy away from hard work off the course either as she is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and a resident assistant.

Bowling and her team will be traveling to Ohio to participate in the Wittenberg Pat Clouse Invitational on Oct. 11.

-Jordon Lee ’16, Junior Sports Editor

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