The Allegheny women’s golf team came in second in the John Carroll University Invitational, coming in at 692 points over the course of two days, 27 points behind St. Francis Universtity, the first place team.
“We came off of an off-week and put in good practice work. We worked on how to manage the course better and our short game, and took that mindset into the weekend,” said Head Coach Jeff Groff.
Allegheny’s top four golfers came in in the top 20 out of the 45 golfers at the invitational.
“The first day went really well and we all had confidence. We did team bonding before, went in with a good attitude and came out with good scores,” said Kayla Orr, ’18.
Orr and Paige Galloway, ’18, tied for fourth place at 168 at the invitational. Coming in third for the Gators was Alexandra Metzger, ’19, with 174, followed by Michaela Redinger, ’19, with 185, Dana O’Connor with 187 and Kristen Greer, ’18, at 215.
“We are a very young team, with three freshman and three sophomores. They have done a great job rallying around each other in practices and in competition,” Groff said. “The women have been going out when it counts and doing what we have worked on. Our short game is always something we focus on and stress, that’s where you improve.”
Orr said there is not a lot of experience on the team but they are challenging themselves and working to help each other.
“It’s hard for myself and the other sophomores to be a leader for the younger players when it’s only our second year,” Galloway said.
Galloway said the team is working on its perception as a small team and improving short game at each invitational.
This upcoming homecoming weekend, the women’s team will be hosting the 10th Allegheny Invitational, bringing in 10 teams.
“The course is in great shape and we are excited to host again,” Groff said. “We always get a little better with each invitational and enjoy competition.”
The women shared Groff’s excitement for the weekend.
“I’m excited for this weekend, we are on our home course and have the advantage,” Galloway said. “We have a good chance of coming in, in the top and we’re facing teams who we have played before and know.”
Galloway added that at home the women know the course and what shots to take compared to being away and having one practice round.
“This weekend is going to be awesome and we have [alumnae] coming back to cheer us on,” Orr said. “There is not so much stress of a new course and we go in more relaxed and comfortable.”
The Allegheny Invitational will take place Sept. 27-28 at the Country Club of Meadville.