Rutgers earns top-10 marks
With a pair of top 10 finishes, the Rutgers men's and women's golf teams will look to build on those results going into their next tournaments.
Women's head coach Maura Waters-Ballard was extremely pleased with the results of the last tournament in Beallsville, Md.
It had been her goal at the beginning of the tournament for her team to finish in the top 10 and they did just that, placing 7th in what Waters-Ballard called a strong 17-team field, with a score of 652.
"We beat two teams in the top 100, so I was happy with that," Waters-Ballard said.
Leading the way for the Scarlet Knights was junior Lizzy Carl, who carded a 160, which tied her for 17th in an 89-player field.
Right behind her were sophomore Brittany Weddell and senior captain Jeanne Waters, who shot a 161 and 162, respectively, good for finishes which tied for 22nd and tied for 24th.
Finishing the scorecard for the Knights were junior Elisa Mateer, who shot a 169, and sophomore Karen Cash, who finished with 172.
The players had to deal with high winds and an impending storm that caused the cancellation of the final round of the tournament.
"We played in difficult conditions, but the players stayed focused the whole time," Waters-Ballard said. "The team in general really pulled together and stayed on task."
Now that this tournament is over, the women's team is entering their longest layoff of the year since the season began.
Their next tournament is the Big East Championship, which begins April 17 in Palm Harbor, Fla.
This long layoff is a positive, giving the team the time it needs to work on all parts of their game including swing mechanics, Waters-Ballard said.
"The Big East is a strong conference, so I want to keep our goals realistic," she said. "I think we can beat at least three of the eight teams."
Waters-Ballard would also like to put up a score of 320 or better each day, and believes she has a team that is very capable of that.
"Any of my girls can put up the scores that we need," she said.
Her confidence in her team has only grown throughout the year, seeing consistent improvement from everyone.
Waters-Ballard is hoping that conditions will be better in Florida than they were in Maryland, and will lead to further improvement in the shots and scores for her team moving forward.