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The Rutgers women’s golf team’s season came to a disappointing end Tuesday at the AAC Championship. But the team has many things to look forward to next season, as every golfer on the team will be eligible to return for as the Scarlet Knights prepare to enter the Big Ten. “We’ve learned a lot this year because [the golfers] are so young,” said head coach Maura Ballard. “We’ve had lots of learning experiences going into next fall.
The Rutgers women’s golf team was hoping to have its best performance of the season at the AAC Championship but failed to do so, struggling mightily in Palm Coast, Fla. The Scarlet Knights finished last out of seven teams yesterday in the three-day event. The Knights entered the tournament looking to improve on their past performances and have all their hard work from the season culminate in one final triumph at the AACs.
The Rutgers women’s golf team looks to gain some much-needed experience at the AAC Championship tournament this weekend. The tournament will take place Sunday through Tuesday in Palm Coast, Fla., and the weather seems to be in the golfers’ favor. The temperature will vary from the low to mid 80s throughout the tournament with sunny and partly cloudy skies.
Golf is a game of precision and accuracy, and no part of a golfer’s game tests this more than in short game. “I honestly think that short game is one of the hardest aspects of golf, because you have to be so accurate in every part of the short game,” said sophomore Christina Paulsen. The short game consists of putting, chipping, bunker shots, flop shots and a pitch shot, among other facets, to put golfers in the best possible position to get the ball in the hole.
Technology’s innovations have allowed people to achieve things today that one would not have thought possible in past years. The Rutgers women’s golf team has taken advantage of an innovative technological invention, called VISION54. VISION54 is a technologically innovative device dedicated to the game of golf that helps a golfer concentrate on their individual game.
Freshman Taylor Clark said Rutgers’ VISION54 program has helped the Knights improve all-around. The program allows RU to practice indoors.
The Rutgers women’s golf team came in to the Seton Hall Invitational this past weekend looking to end its season on a high note before the AAC Tournament. The Scarlet Knights finished in the middle of the pack in Bedminster, N.J., tying for 8th place with Long Island out of 17 teams. The Knights shot a 335-329 for a combined score of 664.
Freshman Maddy Gedeon shot an 87-83 at the Seton Hall Invitational for Rutgers. Gedeon aided the Knights, as they eventually finished eighth.
This upcoming weekend at the Seton Hall Invitational, the Rutgers women’s golf team looks to end its spring regular season on a positive note before entering the AAC Championship from April 20-22. The Scarlet Knights are coming off a solid performance in the Monterey Invitational from March 16-18 in California. The team placed third out of six teams, shooting a 329-320-321 for a combined score of 970, three strokes away from second place.
Freshman Taylor Clark finished tied for fifth place for Rutgers at the six-team Monterey Bay Invitational from March 16-18.
A key to being a successful golfer is dealing with the adverse conditions that may come at any time. One of those adverse conditions that can affect a golfer’s play every time she steps on to the course is the weather. Sophomore Samantha Moyal can attest to this, as she believes it does not matter. According to her, what does matter is confidence in your game and play.
As a freshman in college, it is difficult to adjust to daily life, especially for a student athlete. But that is exactly what Taylor Clark has done. The Sterling Height, Mich., native chose the Rutgers women’s golf team primarily because of head coach Maura Ballard. “[Rutgers] offered me the ability to challenge myself athletically and academically,” Clark said. “Rutgers is a great school, however, my decision was ultimately the result of [head] coach [Maura] Ballard’s optimistic and passionate leadership here at Rutgers.”
Freshman Taylor Clark has improved her average score from the fall. Now averaging 78.22, Clark is averaging more than a stroke fewer.
The Rutgers women’s golf team went into the Kiawah Spring Invitational in South Carolina looking to build on its performance Feb. 17-18 in the Michigan State Central District Invitational. The Scarlet Knights’ overall score was a 997 (340-319-338), shooting 133 over par to finish in 31st among 36 teams. Rutgers got off to a rough start Sunday, shooting 52 strokes over par for a combined score of 340, in the first round. The Knights finished the round tied for 33rd.
Freshman Maddy Gedeon shot a 251 (83-79-89) in three rounds at the Kiawah Spring Invitational, which concluded Tuesday.
Starting March 2, the Rutgers women’s golf team will look to right the ship in the Kiawah Spring Invitational. This comes after a poor start of the second half of its season at the Michigan State Central District Invitational. The Scarlet Knights finished in last place among 13 teams. In total, they finished 97 shots over par.
Freshman Taylor Clark paced the Knights at the Central District Invitational, carding a 230 to finish 59th out of 80 participants.
Replacing seniors for any team can be a rigorous obstacle to overcome.For Rutgers head women’s golf coach Maura Ballard, losing two seniors to graduation meant inheriting one of the youngest teams of her 21-year tenure. Ballard entered the fall season with five sophomores and two freshmen. While the goal is to ultimately compete and challenge in tournaments, Ballard knew there would be growing pains.
The Rutgers women’s golf team placed last at the 15-team Hoosier Invitational yesterday in Greenwood, Ind., to close its season. The result marks the second time this season the Scarlet Knights have finished last place in a Big Ten-hosted event. They also ended the Penn State Invitational on Sept. 29 at the bottom of the field.
As the Rutgers women’s golf team travels to Greenwood, Ind., for the Hoosier Fall Invitational tomorrow and Sunday, the team’s emotions vary. While the anticipation to play another Big Ten tournament excites the Scarlet Knights, some players feel it is an opportune time to gain redemption. In their last Big Ten contest, the Knights finished last place Sept. 29 at the Penn State Invitational.