After finishing in sixth place last season, the Alma College women's golf team could not be more ready to take on the challenges of this new 2012 season. They opened this fall with the Olivet Inivtational, a two-day tournament that took place September 7th and 8th. The event was held in Marshall, Michigan at The Medalist GC, one of the more challenging venues that Alma College competes at.
"This is always a productive way to start our fall season. There are a lot of quality schools that participate and by playing at the Medalist, it gives us a little scouting report when we play the course again during the MIAA season," said Head Coach, Charlie Goffnett.
The Scots were lead by Jr. Chelsea Erb (Lake Odessa, Mich./Lakewood) who shot 87-91 for the tournament. Fr. Anna Burdick (Port Huron, Mich./Port Huron) made an impression in her debut by shooting 96-95. So. Riley Peters (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) chipped in with a 97-98 while Jr. Danielle Craft (Shelby Township, Mich./Eisenhower) contributed with a 100-99 effort.
After the Olivet Invitational, the next destination for the Scots was the Aquinas College Classic on Sept. 13th. The squad headed to Grand Rapids for this tournament and finished 6th with a score of 380.
Headlining the Scots once more was Erb with an impressive 87, just shy of a top ten finish. Peters fired a 91, which was her best round of the season. Burdick and So. Morgan Henry (Wayland, Mich./Wayland Union) rounded out the scoring with a 100 and 102 respectively.
"It was a great day for golf on a very undulating track," commented Goffnett. "There were a lot of slope changes and some very challenging holes. This prepares us for MIAA action next week. It will be exciting to play on our home course as well."
After these two tournaments, Coach Goffnett has confidence in this edition of the Alma College women's golf team. They have accomplished a successful preseason and possess a lot of potential. "We have to master the ablility to get up and down around the greens, turning three shots into two," added Goffnett.
Looking ahead, the Scots next compete on September 20th when they travel to Olivet to play The Medalist once again. Shortly after that, they enjoy a home course MIAA event on September 22.