Women’s golf continues winning streak

Sophomore Nicole Petrocchi tied for second at the Susquehanna Invitational.
(Photo Courtesy of David Sinclair)

By Claire Healey, Contributing Writer

The women’s golf team cruised to their third tournament win on Saturday. With a team score of 344 at the Susquehanna Fall Invitational the Bullets were able to hold off the other six teams playing at the Par 70 Susquehanna V alley Country Club course, in Selinsgrove, PA.

The team had an incredible tournament with a sweep of first, second and third. That marks the first sweep for the Bullets this season, and the eighth consecutive team title for the team, excluding NCAA Division III Championships.

Leading the team was freshman Samantha Sessa who shot an 82. Following three strokes behind were sophomores Sarah Hansen and Nicole Petrocchi. Both shot an 85 to hold off fourth place, Melanie Campbell of Dickinson, by 3 strokes.

Sessa, who won the Dickinson Fall Invitational earlier in the season, was excited about the team’s success. She credited the impressive work the team has been doing to the welcoming and friendly atmosphere the team fosters.

“I was nervous coming into a new team, but they were all so welcoming,” Sessa shared. She explained that without the rest of the team and the support they all provide she wouldn’t have been so successful thus far.

Golf is always viewed as an individual sport, but with the team going 1, 2, and 3 the team aspect of golf is highlighted. “Golf is such a mental sport, so having a positive team with all good relationships only betters your game,” Sessa went on to explain.

Coach Susan Konstalid, who is in her seventh season as head coach, was very pleased with her team’s performance this weekend. “The course last weekend at Susquehanna was very tough. Only 7 players broke 100, and four of those play for Gettysburg. So they did Gettysburg Great!”
The other lady Bullets who competed this weekend were freshman Fontaine McFeaters who placed 6th and freshman Caroline McDonald who placed 15th. Both had excellent showings for the strong team.

With five returning upper classman and four new freshmen Coach Konstalid received many questions about t he future of the team. She has been impressed with the talent of the entire team, as well as the leadership the upperclassmen have shown.

Coach Konstalid also stressed the importance of a close-knit team. “I have been very happy with their performance on the course as well as their personalities. They are great team players.”

In recent years, the Bullets have done incredibly well within the Centennial Conference and even made their first appearance at NCAA Division III Championships last spring. The team hopes to have another excellent showing at the conference championships and hopefully find their way back to the NCAA’s.

The fall season will end soon for the golf team, and they will then begin their focus on the spring season. With great leadership from captain senior Lauren Sobotka and a great depth of talent, there are high hopes for the Gettysburg Bullet’s spring season.

Saturday, October 4th will be the final fall tournament for Gettysburg against Centennial Conference opponent McDaniel College, where the Bullets will be looking for another exciting and impressive win.

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