Women’s golf drops CC record lower

Senior Sarah Hansen won the Lebanon Valley golf match Saturday with a score of 79. Photo credit: David Sinclair, GC C&M

Senior Sarah Hansen won the Lebanon Valley golf match Saturday with a score of 79.
Photo credit: David Sinclair, GC C&M

By Claire Healey, Staff Writer

The Gettysburg College women’s golf team continued its impressive dominance this weekend with a win in both a match against Lebanon Valley College and a tournament win in the Dickinson College Red Devil All-American Classic.

Leading the way against Lebanon Valley was senior Sarah Hansen. This was Hansen’s sixth career individual title as well as her fourth career round to finish in the 70s. Her steady round led her to a two-stroke victory over Lebanon Valley’s Kaitlyn Kennedy.

Following Hansen was senior Lynn Hatcher who tied her career best score of 88 and finished fifth, respectively. First-year Erin Schroeder also came out with an impressive performance, finishing seventh with a season best score of 90.

Also competing for Gettysburg were sophomore Virginia Martin, finishing ninth with a 103, and sophomore Kiera Cooney, who finished 12th with a 110. First-year Jessica Davis competed as an individual and finished 13th with a score of 113.

With new additions this season, the Gettysburg team proves strong with depth. The fifteen players on the team allowed head coach Susan Konstalid to play a wide variety of players over the course of the weekend.

“It is great to see the leaders on our team step up and play well, and for them to set a good example for our younger players,” said Coach Konstalid. “Our freshmen are playing great golf, and it only helps add to the depth of our team.”

In the second tournament of the weekend, Gettysburg not only came in first out of four teams with a team score of 320 at the Red Devil All-American Classic, but the Bullets also to lowered the Centennial Conference team scoring record for the third time this fall.

First-year Skylar Frankiewicz proved to be a strong asset to the team’s success. Frankiewicz tied her season low and captured her third consecutive individual title with a score of 76 on the par-72, 5, 815-yard course.

“I was very nervous coming into a new team, but they were all so welcoming and that was definitely the key reason to my success as well as our team’s success,” said Frankiewicz. “Because golf is such a mental sport having a good relationship with your teammates only betters your game.”

Gettysburg captured the top four finishes at the Classic and finished first by more than 30 strokes over McDaniel College. Hansen was once again competing for the Bullets, and she earned another top-ten finish. She was  the runner-up to Frankiewicz with a score of 80.

First-year Hannah Fireman took third place with a score of 81, and yet another first-year, Hannah Fireman  finished fourth for the Bullets with a score of 83. Also competing for Gettysburg was sophomore Gillian Marini who placed 12th with a score of 90.

“Our team is extremely deep in number,” said Hansen. “As five girls compete in each tournament for the team, there is much competition for that fifth position. As the season continues, hopefully the positions will solidify as every girl works hardest on their game.”

Imposing cooler weather leads to a brief fall golf season, so with only one more match in the season’s schedule, Gettysburg begins to look towards the spring season.

The spring months will feature the highlight tournaments of Centennial Conference Championships and NCAA Regional Tournament. Gettysburg aims to maintain its conference championship title for the seventh consecutive season, and the team hopes to make its fourth consecutive return to the NCAA tournament.

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Author: Claire Healey

Claire Healey '18 is a sociology major with a minor in education. She is currently the editor of the sports section and has been a staff writer for the sports section since her freshman year. She is a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and has served on their executive board for two years. She also volunteers with the Challah for Hunger organization on campus.

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