Women’s golf finishes season strong at NCAAs this weekend

A young women’s golf team finished 16th at the NCAA national tournament and captured an ODAC championship

Jimmie Mack Johnson III, Sports Writer

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The women’s golf team put together a solid performance despite tough playing conditions.

The team finished in 16th place with a score of 339-338-335—1012 (+136). They missed the final round cut by one spot to Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Head Coach Pete Gyscek said this was one of the most difficult courses the team has played on this year.

“We struggled in adjusting to the conditions, especially the chipping and putting,” he said. “It was hard for us to keep up.”

The Generals were led by Mary Frances Hall, ‘18, who finished with a score of 86-81-83—250 (+31). Beth Ann Townsend, ‘21, finished with a card of 84-85-84—253 (+34) and Griffin Foultz, ‘20, notched a score of 85-84-85—254 (+35).

Liza Freed, ‘18, finished with a score of 84-91-83—258 (+39) and Hannah Jones, ‘21, finished with a score of 92-88-88—268 (+49).

Gyscek said holes five through nine were extremely challenging, noting that most of the teams who were atop the leaderboard navigated them well.

Even with the tough conditions, Gyscek saw it as valuable experience for his relatively young team as five out of the eight players will be returning next year.

“They certainly learned what to expect at this level next time,” he said. “I think they can use all of this to improve.”

The women’s team captured the ODAC championship on April 23 posting a three round score of 308-319-306– 933 (+57) as they won by 58 strokes over runner-up Bridgewater College. This was the team’s second conference championship and its first since 2015.

Jones said the team’s preparation really allowed them to play at their best for the championship.

“I think the constant support from teammates and the time we had put into practice before ODACs really made the difference when it came down to the last day,” Jones said.

Jones posted the second best score of the ODAC tournament with a 76-82-74—232 (+13). She finished just eight strokes behind the reigning division III national champion in Bridgewater’s Christina Herbert, ‘18, who posted a score of 76-70-78—224 (+5).

The Generals also took positions third through sixth out of 32 golfers in the field. Townsend finished third, just one stroke back of Jones with a 77-78-78—233 (+14), while Foultz shot 79-80-76—235 (+16) to finish fourth. Hall finished with a score of 79-79-79—237 (+18) to finish fifth and Freed finished sixth with a score of 76-84-78—238 (+19).

The team’s ODAC performance garnered many conference accolades as well.

Jones was awarded rookie of the year in addition to earning a spot on the all-ODAC first team. Hall and Freed made the all-ODAC first team as well.

Foultz and Townsend were awarded spots on the all-ODAC second team and Dana Droz, ‘18, was awarded a spot on the all-ODAC third team. Coach Gyscek rounded out the accolades as he was awarded ODAC co-coach of the year.

When asked to reflect on the year as a whole, Gyscek called this season a success:

“We had all top five finishes except for this and one other event,” Gyscek said. “We had a great year.”