Bullet Shot: Athlete of the Week
Junior Sarah Hansen shot a 90 at the Franklin & Marshall College Invitational at the Foxchase Golf Club on Sunday, on her way to a tie for second in the tournament.
By Bethany Holtz, Sports Edior
With one tournament left in the fall season the Gettysburg College women’s golf team is out-driving and out-putting their opponents up and down the course. This year’s lady Bullets have picked up right where they left off last fall, finishing atop the leaderboard in all but one of their outings. While the women’s team has many standout members, junior Sarah Hansen has been a consistent top player for the Bullets.
Hansen returned to the collegiate fairway this season after finishing third on the team and fourth in the conference with a scoring average of 90.6 during the 2014 season. She also managed to finish among the top 10 in nine events, and took top honors in a dual with Dickinson, shooting 87 during her sophomore season. Hansen also impressively carded a season-low of 85 and just missed all-conference accolades with a score of 182 (95-87) to place seventh at the Centennial Conference Championship.
This week Hansen helped the Bullet’s claim their fifth win at the Franklin & Marshall College Invitational with a team score of 372. She recorded her fourth top-five finish of the season with a tie for second place. Hansen shot a 90, just 6 strokes shy of Lebanon Valley’s Megan Kimmel who took first.
Hansen’s success comes as no surprise since she debuted this season with her season-low of 81 at the McDaniel Fall Invitational. Hansen is currently carrying a season average of 85.4 and is looking confident as the season draws to an end.
Coach Konstalid proudly shared, “Sarah Hansen is a wonderful member of the team. She gives her all in everything she does and is a great example of the student athletes that we are proud of here at Gettysburg College. As a player, she has worked hard over the years and that hard work has paid tremendous dividends. She is one of the best players in our conference and it is a pleasure to see her succeed and finish in the top individually. In the last two tournaments, her finishes of tied for 2nd and 4th place have helped the team considerably.”
As Gettysburg prepares to close the fall season with a tri-match against Alvernia University and Lebanon Valley at Foxchase this weekend, the Bullets are grateful to have a player like Hansen tee it up. For Hansen’s skilled playing and consistent low-scoring, she has earned the honor of being this week’s “Bullet of the Week.”