Women’s golf heating up
September 19, 2014
Kelsi Ford / The Courier - Seniors Korri Crawford and Anne Begley have lead the team this year earning Midwest Conference Performers of the Week honors consecutively.
Under a new coach and a team lead by seniors, women’s golf is off to a consistent start by placing in the top half of each tournament they’ve competed in.
Only three weeks in, two seniors have already received the Midwest Conference Performer of the Week award: Korri Crawford and Anne Begley. Personal bests have occurred for both the team and individual players, and they don’t plan on stopping there.
“One of our strengths is that we could all be on the travel team. We’re all right around each other,” Crawford said. A consistent team has made for motivated players and strong bonds. Crawford said that the chemistry of the team is better than it has been in the past and new coach Ashley Sims is getting settled in.
“She’s got us not only on the golf course, but this year on the workout side of things. I think that’s helping us with our strength and our driving and we’re a lot stronger even after a few weeks,” said Crawford.
This strength training shows on the course. Begley and Crawford both have seen improvements in themselves and the team in driving. Now Crawford says they need to work on their short game.
“It’s hard to get out on the putting green and driving range because of all the rain right now,” Crawford said.
At both the Illinois College and Illinois Wesleyan Invitational, the team took sixth. Crawford shot a career low 36-hole score of 173 in the season opener.
At the home invite at Gibson Woods the Scots placed third shooting 342 as a team, and had three players score in the top ten individually. Begley lead the way for the Scots taking fifth shooting a personal best of 84. These two performances are what landed the two the performer of the week awards. The team is using this as motivation to continue to strive for their goals.
“Our team goals are to stay positive as a team and don’t make it an individual game. Even though it is, it’s also a team game because at the end of the day all of our scores count,” Begley said.
Among the team’s goals is to average under 350 as a team for each tournament and keep their GPA at or above 3.2. They are working hard on and off the course.
“Everyone has improved and we’ve seen big improvements from last year,” said Crawford.
The team will be looking to compound on its improvements and try for even more personal bests this Saturday at the Millikin University Fall Classic in Decatur this Saturday.
Courier Sports Editor