By TAYLOR WEITER
The Eastern women’s golf team finished the fall portion of its season the same way it finished its spring portion: winning.
After winning the 2015 OVC Championship in April, the team continued dominating the course, capping its fall season with five straight top-10 performances in as many tournaments.
“We had a good fall,” Coach Mike Whitson said. “We worked hard and played consistent golf.”
The team did indeed play consistently and well during its five tournaments. In the Bluegrass Kickoff hosted by Eastern, the Colonels finished first out of five teams, defeating OVC rivals Belmont and Morehead State.
Continuing its success, the team, led by Anna Gleixner, went on to finish third out of twelve teams at the William and Mary Invitational. After finishing fifth overall and tying a career low round of 71, Gleixner was named OVC golfer of the week.
In late September, the Colonels broke a program record at the Ball State Cardinal Classic, finishing first overall with a 54-hole total of 867, 35 shots better than the previous record made during the 2015 OVC tournament.
Sole underclassman Amanda Lindahl led the Colonels, tying the second lowest single round score in program history and finishing second overall in the field of 86. With such an accomplishment, Lindahl was chosen OVC women’s golfer of the week.
Whitson said despite her youth, Lindahl has shown a great amount of both talent and maturity throughout the season.
In the final two tournaments of the season, junior Sofie Levin led the Colonels to top performances, placing second and seventh at the TPC River’s Bend Bearcat Cup and the Fighting Camel Fall Classic, respectively.
Additionally, seniors Gleixner, Becky Sharpe and Rachel Welker finished at least one tournament in the top-10; a difficult feat when playing high-caliber teams.
“That group of seniors have been very special,” Whitson said. “They are great ambassadors for our university and I am so excited for them to finish their careers at Eastern with the scores they deserve.”
Though the fall portion of the season has concluded, the women are continuing to train for the spring schedule, working with a strength and conditioning coach to stay in top shape.
Despite golf not requiring as much physicality as other sports, Whitson said it is important that each girl can play 36 holes in one day without getting tired.
“My goal for the spring is just to play well,” said Whitson. “If we prepare properly and play well, we’ll be fine.”
The Colonels will look to continue their consistently successful season during the first tournament back at the South Alabama Women’s Invitational on Feb. 22.