Women’s Golf looks ahead to spring season

During their fall season, the team had a great run and placed well in the NYU Invitational at Spook Rock golf course in Suffern, NY. The team finished fourth and Junior Olivia Bowling won individual medalist while scoring her personal best 72-70, going 2-under for the whole tournament. The team also competed at Chesapeake Bay Invitational at the Naval Academy, the Wittenberg Pat Clouse Invitational in Springfield Ohio, and took a second place finish at the Bridgewater Invitational. Coming off a very successful fall season, the women have high hopes for their team this spring.

As the spring sports season is getting underway, the women’s golf team headed to Jekyll Island, GA for their first tournament of the spring this past weekend. In one of the biggest and most prestigious D3 tournaments of the spring, the yellow jackets finished in solo 12th place out of 19 teams. Individually, Junior Olivia Bowling finished T15 shooting +24 for the tournament, firing a 77 on the final day. Also cracking the top 50 was Junior Becca Ream, shooting +35 for the tournament and finishing T43. As a team, R-MC dropped 24 strokes from day one to day two, and another 8 strokes from day two to day three.

“The fall season was good for us as a team,” Bowling stated. “We started the season off strong and finished strong. The team practiced throughout the summer and you could tell by how we were playing.”

Although the league has gotten a bit more difficult, this team is highly dedicated and well experienced so they will have to continue to work hard to come home with the wins.

While Bowling said she expressed concern for the team, she also said the “stronger competition makes [them] play harder.”

Practice had become less frequent due to weather at the beginning of this spring season. Ream said that when the squad did get to practice, they would “spend half the time on short game and half on full swing” trying to perfect many different aspects of the game and becoming well-rounded in every area.

When asked about how they felt about golf as either an individual or team sport, Ream and Bowling seemed to agree.

“Golf is a team sport,” Bowling said. “The R-MC team is very close and is one big family. We are all positive with each other and try to motivate one another because we want to see everyone succeed.”

“When we have a tournament,” Ream said, “we all spend four, sometimes five days together sharing hotel rooms, meals and not to mention the van rides.”

With the team spending so much time together and having a strong family-like dynamic, they play as a team when they step on the course.

To elaborate on the team’s dynamic, Ream said that it “is very strong” and that they “all get along really well.”

The head coach of the women’s golf team is Leighann Albaugh and the assistant coach is Dr. Barry Pfitzner, who is also an economics professor at R-MC.

“They both really play off of each other well and [make] a good team,” Ream said. “Overall, [the team has] a good relationship with [the] coaching staff.

The team is now preparing for their home invitational that is being hosted by R-MC at the Hollows Golf Club in Montpelier this coming weekend.

-Kayla Koslosky ’18, Contributing Writer

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