Coming off a strong performance in the fall season, head coach Mandy Moore is excited for the spring and to see improvement from her team.
“We had a good fall and a lot of good individual performances, so I’m really looking forward to seeing them keep improving and do better in the spring,” Moore said.
In the fall, the women’s golf team had four top-10 finishes, including a second place finish in the RedBird Invitational in early September.
“I think we gained a lot of confidence in the fall,” Moore said. “We had a couple good finishes at some really good events at Tennessee and Kentucky, and I think them seeing that they can compete with those bigger D1 schools and some of the good players will really help them in the spring to have confidence.”
Moore is originally from Frankfort and attended graduate school at EKU. She was also a graduate assistant for the Colonels from 2009-10. Moore then moved on to be the head women’s golf coach at Carson-Newman University from September 2010 to June 2013. After Carson-Newman, she was an assistant coach for three years at Tennessee. Moore was named EKU’s women’s golf head coach on August 31, 2018.
“I obviously have a soft spot for EKU,” Moore said. “It’s been nice getting to know the girls, and working here has been really good so far.”
Senior leadership is evident on the course, and Moore believes that will be a key factor to the spring season.
“We’ve got two really good seniors,” Moore said. “Amanda and Elsa (Moberly) have led us this fall. Amanda has had four top-25 finishes, and Elsa played well too. We are going to lean on them a lot this spring too, and I’m confident that they will continue their good play and lead us on the course and off as well.”
One of the seniors Moore talked about was Amanda Lindahl. Lindahl is from Ulricehamn, Sweden. She said the game is still the same, but playing on a team is different. In Sweden, golf is usually an individual sport, she said.
Being a senior and being in her last season, Lindahl is motivated to end her collegiate career with winning performances as a team and individually. She found that the team’s chemistry this season has been strong.
“I feel like we are all pretty close on the team,” Lindahl said.
The team’s main goal this season is to win the Ohio Valley Conference Championship. Moore said the team has been talking about it since the fall season, but individually they want to go out and compete with the goal of winning each tournament.
Lindahl has experience in championship situations. The women’s team won the OVC Championship her freshman year and she said that will help motivate the team this season.
The Colonels will be in action on Saturday, Feb. 16-17 at the Reynolds Lake Oconee Invitational in Greensboro, Georgia.