Women’s Golf Tees Up For Second HCAC Title

by Carlos Melgar

This Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m., the women’s golf team will be playing in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament at the University Club located on Leestown Road.

They look to be the top contenders this year. “We have the same team back this year except for one senior. We have 12 kids who have improved from last year,” Coach Mark Turner said.

Among those returning is Megan Foley, who last year along with Janca Millett was an All-HCAC Honors player. Millett was also the HCAC Freshman of the Year. In the fall 2009 season, Foley has been named the HCAC Player of the Week twice in a row. “It’s a great honor for her to be named HCAC Player of the Week twice. She is very deserving of it,” Coach Turner commented.

When asked about their competitive levels, Coach Turner said, “We have been very competitive in all our tournaments this year. We have been a lot more consistent this fall.”

The difference between this year and last year is the team’s dedication and hard work to their practices and to the tournaments. “We came here a week early and worked hard. We have a new swing coach who has helped the players out tremendously. The confidence levels of the players have increased from last year especially in our freshman. The freshmen have matured from last year now that they have their freshman year out of the way,” Coach Turner commented.

“We have been working very hard to improve our games over the past 5 weeks,” junior Megan Graeter said. “I also believe we are ready to competitively play this weekend and bring home another HCAC conference title.”

The Pioneers have placed in many tournaments over the past five weeks. At the beginning of their season, they placed 4th in the Anderson Fall Invitational. They then placed 2nd in the Centre Invitational, 3rd at the Hanover invitational, and 2nd at the Transylvania Fall Invitational.

“I think as a whole we have done very well especially against our conference opponents, and I think if we play our best we have a good chance of going to the NCAA [Division III] Championships again this year,” Foley replied when asked about the season.

“We have played well against Franklin and against Hanover, only losing by one shot [when Transy hosted a tourney in September],” recalled Coach Turner. “We may have missed a putt here and there, but what it really comes down to is the last shot on the last hole. That could either win or lose the tournament.”

The Pioneers will try and shoot for their 2nd HCAC title, so come out and support them as they host the tournament at the University Club. Tee time starts at 11:00 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. It is a 36-hole tournament for the conference championship.


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