Women’s Golf Ends Season

Miller (center) congratulates Millersville’s Wharton (left) and Pohalski (right) after completing the first round. Photo Credit / Ronald Hanaki
Miller (center) congratulates Millersville’s Wharton (left) and Pohalski (right) after completing the first round. Photo Credit / Ronald Hanaki
Miller (center) congratulates Millersville’s Wharton (left) and Pohalski (right) after completing the first round. Photo Credit / Ronald Hanaki

Miller (center) congratulates Millersville’s Wharton (left) and Pohalski (right) after completing the first round.
Photo Credit / Ronald Hanaki

Ronald Hanaki
Sports Editor

ESU’s women’s golf team completed its 2015-2016 season at the ESU Spring Invitational.

The annual tournament was held last Sunday and Monday at the Glen Brook Country Club in Stroudsburg and drew eight schools and forty-one players.

ESU’s quartet of golfers finished in fifth place with a cumulative team score of 704.

As usual, the Warriors were led by the two sophomore sensations, Samantha Miller and Mackenzie Mathna.

Miller shot an aggregate score of 170 and finished tied for eighteenth place.

Mathna posted a score of 177 and finished tied for twentieth-fourth place.

Senior Bridget Simons capped her illustrious career by shooting 183 over the course of two days for twenty-seventh place.

Freshman Caterina Daniels shot 204 for thirty-sixth place.

During the first round, Miller found herself playing alongside Millersville senior and team captain Jaimie Wharton and LIU Post’s Hannah Pohalski.

Millersville head coach Scott Vandegrift said, “Our girls were ecstatic to be paired with ESU. They get along great.”

The camaraderie was plain to see from the first round. The players were very complimentary and supportive of each other. They would frequently say “nice shot” to each other after each player struck the golf ball.

After their tee shots on eighteen, LIU Post’s Pohalski remarked that her two playing partners hit better drives than her.

Miller said, “Jaimie and I feed off each other. I think you’re still doing the best of us.”

Miller then hit a great approach shot off the fairway on eighteen that landed about ten feet in front of the hole for a rare makeable birdie attempt. Miller would miss her putt but tap in for par.

All three women would par the four-par eighteenth hole to complete the first day’s play. Miller was consistent. She shot 85 on both days for a cumulative score of 170.

After shooting an opening round 90, Mathna would join Miller in the under-90 club by shooting 87 in the second round.

The team has shown improvement throughout the course of the season. They are looking forward to an even better season in the fall.

Email Ronald at:
rhanaki@live.esu.edu

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