Women's Golf News & Highlights
April 01, 2014
Eagles Soar to Second at St. Davids
With the final group on the course, it looked as though the Eagles would finish behind East Stroudsburg, but Melissa Wylie came in with a career-best 109 to lift the Eagles into a tie. Wylie's par on the long uphill seventh hole, might have proved to be the difference as the two squads used that hole to break the tie.
"I am really proud of the way Melissa played today," head coach Jason Badecki said afterward. "She kept going. She did a great job keeping her ball in play and avoiding the big numbers that tripped up a lot of other golfers today."
The par-70 layout played at just over 5,800 yards for the event, and while the greens were not as fast as they will be in July, the Donald Ross design counts on undulating greens to defend itself.
Kaleigh Boreman finished tied for fifth overall with a solid 92. The Eastern junior was the only player on the course to birdie the difficult uphill par-5 eight. She buried a twisting putt from just over 30 feet to pick up at least a stroke on the field. Boreman shot an outstanding 42 on the front, but she faltered a little coming home. Badecki believes that his group will continue to get stronger finishing courses as they get more full rounds under their belts.
Sarah Hart finished right behind Boreman with a 94. The freshman was hole-high in two on the closing hole, but had a tough lie in the sand and doubled the hole to finish. She shot 45 on the front and 49 on the back and finished the day without a triple-bogey on the card.
Bianca Scrimali carded a solid 98 with pars on the closing holes of each nine. The long par-3 ninth was playing at over 180 yards. She was one of only four players in the field to par the difficult 18th.
Badecki was pleased with Sarah Webb's progress. He feels confident that Webb's ball-striking progress will begin to pay dividends in her scores. Webb struggled on the first five holes and then stabilized and started to play solidly to finish with a 112.
"Sometimes in golf," Badecki noted, "you have to go back to go forward. We have been working on things to make the game better, and some of our early season scores looked like we might have been going backwards, but I think we are starting to see the results of some of the changes that we are making. Each player is making strides."
The match today gave the Eagles a look at a significant number of competitors from the MAC. The depth of the Eastern lineup lifted the Eagles over the other five MAC schools in the field.
Neumann University's Lauren Cusack, competing as an individual, claimed medalist honors with an 88.
Badecki made special mention of how grateful he was to the people at St. Davids who have been a tremendous support to Eastern's golf program and who helped make the event a great success. This is the first year that the Eagles have hosted the event at St. Davids.
Updated: Wednesday, 02 April 2014