The Mercer women’s golf team is looking to set a standard of excellence going into the 2012 competitive season. Led by Head Coach Gary Guyer the team looks to take the precedent set in the fall of 2011 and take that momentum into the spring of 2012 to finish well in conference play.
The lady golfers had some impressive finishes this fall. Namely, winning their own EAT-A-PEACH Collegiate Tournament, hosted in Macon. They also finished fourth at the Chris Bannister Golf Classic in Huntsville, Ala., fifth at the LPGA Invitational in Daytona Beach, Fla. and tied for seventh at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Oahu, Hawaii.
The team had strong finishes in each tournament by Sarah Louise Brown, Lacy Fears, Mary Alice Murphy and Aurelie Wiriath. All these women have been consistent finishers for the bears and have led them to be in the top 10 in all of the four tournaments the team has participated in this calendar school year.
Losing one of their top performers, Kimberly Graff to transfer, Coach Guyer is looking to replace her as she has been a consistent top five competitor. Vying for her position in the top five are Kaitlin Marrin, Keri Lynn Carson, Jessica Arthur and Alicia Poole. Each of the aforementioned golfers should have a chance to compete for a top five spot within the squad.
Sophomore Mary Alice Murphy thinks that the team is in a good place right now. With the hard work they put in, they should be able to finish well in conference.
“The team is really putting in the time and working together for conference. Personally, I have been working on putting and my scoring shots right now to help lower my scores. I’m excited to compete this semester, as is the rest of the team,” said Murphy.
The women’s golf team has a competitive schedule set for this spring, in order to work towards their ultimate goal, a conference championship. The team will travel to Jacksonville for the JU Classic, hosted by Jacksonville University, then to Charleston for the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic hosted by the College of Charleston. They will then make their way to Southport, NC for the Spider Bring Break Invitational hosted by Richmond University. Their last stop before the conference tournament is the Cincinnati Spring Invitational hosted by the University of Cincinnati.