PISCATAWAY, N.J. – After an impressive fall campaign, head coach Kari Williams and the Rutgers women’s golf team are set to begin their spring season next week.
The fall season consisted of six events and the highlights include a second place team finish at the Rutgers Invitational (Sept.16-17) where the team carded a 934 (312-306-316) total. Junior captain Emily Mills was also successful in this event clinching a first place victory in the 70-player field with a 220 (74-71-75). The Scarlet Knights then went on the road to the Nittany Lion Invitational (Sept. 24-25) where they tied for third with a 912 (304-311-297) in the nine-team event. Sophomore Ashleigh Greenham finished second overall in this event carding a 217 (73-72-72).
The Scarlet Knights were also successful off the links with outstanding academic and community service achievements this past fall. Mills and senior Maddy Gedeon earned 4.0 GPAs for the fall semester and were joined by Greenham, sophomore Astrid Aneman, and junior Tatum Jackson for Dean’s List honors. This fall semester marked the third consecutive term that the program has earned the highest team GPA among all athletic teams with a 3.57. The program was recognized by SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) as one of Rutgers Big Ten teams for being one of the top-10 teams in community service with 110 hours.
The Scarlet Knights have been working hard this off-season and are looking forward to continuing their impressive play into the spring. RU has been attending weekend training trips in Florida and will travel to Alabama to supplement for the cold weather in New Jersey.
“The training trips to Florida have been very important in preparing for our first competition and in developing our games,” said freshman Carrie-Ann Lee. “Being able to practice outdoors helps us shake off the nerves and feel confident to get back on the course and compete.”
The spring season will consist of five matches including three that are conference hosted. The schedule begins next week, February 20-21, versus Michigan State at the Central District Invitational in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The women then travel to St. George, Utah to compete in the BYU at Entrada Classic (March 13-14).
“These events feature competitive fields that will challenge our team to play at a high level week after week,” said Williams.
The team then heads down to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a three day match play event at the Hawkeye-El Tigre Invitational (April 2-4). After returning to the states, RU will compete in the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio (April 15-16). The Scarlet Knights will conclude the spring season at the Big Ten Championship in Maineville, Ohio (April 21-23).
“We are excited about our schedule this spring as we look forward to the Big Ten Championship at the end of April,” continued Williams. “I feel confident in the way we have prepared this off-season with our training trips, indoor practices, and with the time we have spent in the strength room.”
Williams and her team are excited to get back on the links and intend to be among the top competitors this spring season.