After a successful weekend, receiving second place after one round of competition at the Mercyhurst Spring Invitational, the women’s golf team is making a name for itself on and off the course. This weekend the Lakers combined for a team 333 score for the first 18 holes.
“The girls are doing well, considering the terrible weather we’ve had this spring. There has been very little outdoor practice,” said head coach Ron Coleman. “The team is very dedicated to working on their game and improving, with quite a few of them volunteering to have 6:30 a.m. practices at our indoor practice facility,”
“Last week’s course was very difficult for us. It was our first tournament at Perry Park, and it had a deep, talented field of Division II teams. The team ended up placing 16th out of 24 teams,” said Coleman.
With a roster of only 12 girls, the Lakers are working hard and turning things around through their Spring Invitational, some reaching top honors.
This past Sunday, sophomore Andrea Novoa won first place at the Mercyhurst University Women’s Golf Spring Invitational. Novoa shot a two-round total of 154 to capture first. This helped lead her team to a second place finish with a score of 654, behind California University who ended up with 639 after two rounds of play.
Finishing second on the team this weekend, junior Caitlin Kempton finished ninth overall and sophomore Gaelin Carrig finished third on the team and 13th overall.
“The team is dedicated to improving their individual talents and becoming a team that can qualify for the PSAC Regionals.” said Coleman.
With five new freshmen this year, the Lakers are adapting and challenging themselves to hopefully win more invitationals and qualify for the PSAC regionals.
“We have five new freshmen, three of these freshmen are consistent starters and have adjusted well to college athletics and academics, and they have a good future ahead of them.” said Coleman.
“What’s great is that this team is highly academic. it has one of the highest GPA’s of any women’s team at Mercyhurst. Their 3.6 team GPA was second in the PSAC Conference and junior Kristen Vidmar was last year’s PSAC Student Athlete Award Winner. The team is also very close and supportive of one another,” said Coleman.
The lady Lakers will finish their spring season at the Gannon Invitational, April 21-22.