While many of Eastern’s other athletic programs have garnered serious attention for their successes, EKU Women’s Golf has been quietly rising above the rest. In the past four years the Colonels have won three OVC championships and made three NCAA Regional appearances.
With former Miss Kentucky Golf Elsa Moberly at the reins, EKU hopes to continue their reign.
Golf runs deep in Moberly’s family as her dad is a registered PGA member and taught her the ins and outs of the game. While the sport was never forced on Elsa, which can be the case with children whose parents are athletes, Moberly said she felt like she needed to do sports as a child.
“In my house, you always had to be doing something,” Moberly said. “I did swimming for a while, but realized I was too short, so I just picked up on [golf] and really grew to love it.”
Moberly was named Miss Kentucky Golf after graduating from Pulaski County High. During her high school career, Moberly earned three all-state honors and finished in the top-five in the state tournament three times.
When it came time to choose where she would take her talents, the Colonels were quick to call as her father is an alumnus of the university.
She ended up taking visits to multiple schools before committing to the Southeastern Conference university Mississippi State. She enrolled a semester early and spent a year and half in Starkville until she said she realized she wanted to move back to Kentucky.
“I wanted to branch out and go somewhere new,” Moberly said, “but seven hours was a long way away and I just wanted to get back and be closer to family.”
Being highly coveted coming out of high school, other in-state schools contacted her soon after she announced she was coming back to the state.
The decision ultimately came down to what she said was the homely feeling of EKU. Her father and grandparents had graduated from EKU, so she felt a family enviroment being on campus.
Moberly’s career thus far at EKU has gotten off to a great start. Last week, she broke the single round record at the Thundering Herd Kickoff after shooting a 67 on her second round. She shot a 74 on the first round and finished first with a total score of 141 (-1).
“I didn’t know about the record until the round was over and a teammate told me about it,” Moberly said. “I’m very competitive so I was really excited.”
Moberly has turned her sights to the women’s team’s next competition, the USA Intercollegiate, hosted by South Alabama on Sept. 10.