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Hosting the Rutgers Invitational yesterday, the Rutgers women’s golf team looked to rebound from its last outing. The Scarlet Knights finished tied for eighth, carding a 635 scorecard in the 20-team field. The Knights carded a 309 the second day, which pleased head coach Maura Ballard. “[Three hundred and nine] is right where I think we should be every time we play,” Ballard said.
After a disappointing result Sunday at the Penn State Invitational, the Rutgers women’s golf team prepares to host the Rutgers Invitational beginning Monday. Having had success at last year’s home tournament, the Scarlet Knights are confident they will do well. The Knights placed second out of 21 teams in last season’s invite, but three of their participants have graduated.
Rutgers head women’s golf coach Maura Ballard recalls the day she was introduced to golf. Her mother had taken her to an LPGA event in northern New Jersey and she found herself in awe of the professional lifestyle. From that day on, Ballard knew golf would become a large part of her life.
The Rutgers women’s golf team placed last at the 14-team Nittany Lion Invitational on Sunday in State College, Pa. The Scarlet Knights carded a 951 in the three-round tournament, as freshman Taylor Clark led the Knights with a 235. She tied for 50th in the 92-player field.
The Rutgers women’s golf team tied for sixth Sunday at the 17-team Yale Intercollegiate in New Haven, Conn. Sophomore Samantha Moyal’s Day 3 performance was key to the Scarlet Knights’ finish.
The Rutgers women’s golf team put the finishing touches on the spring season after competing in the Big East Championship in Orlando. The Scarlet Knights returned to the Sunshine State for the second time this year to contend for the coveted conference title in what the team deemed the most anticipated event.
The Rutgers women’s golf team closed the spring season in Florida — the same state where it made its weather-shortened debut. After placing eighth at the Big East Championship on Tuesday, the Scarlet Knights returned home that evening with the season behind them. Rutgers’ roster consisted of five freshmen and two seniors, a group that required development and the time to gather cohesion on and off the course.
With only one tournament remaining in their careers with the Rutgers women’s golf team, seniors Karen Cash and Brittany Weddell hope it will be a memorable one as the duo has played four years without a title. The Scarlet Knights travel back to Florida to end the year April 21 to 23, and their only goal is to play their best golf of the entire season.
The Rutgers women’s golf team left Maryland on Tuesday after it played one of its best rounds of golf this spring. The Scarlet Knights continued their trip north with a good feeling about the rest of the season. “I want to continue on the trend we had [Tuesday],” said head coach Maura Ballard. “I just hope for good conditions, [to] stay focused and play as well as we are able to play. We did that [Tuesday], and I would like to see more of that.”
In her 20 seasons with the Rutgers women’s golf team, head coach Maura Ballard has encountered many scenarios throughout each season and learned to adjust to each situation. The spring season is just another one of the challenges Ballard has accepted. This time, not only does she have to become acquainted with five new Scarlet Knights, but five first-year collegiate golfers. “It is exciting,” she said of watching the young players’ development.
Though the havoc Hurricane Sandy left dismissed chances of a satisfying culmination to its fall campaign, the Rutgers women’s golf team left Greenville, S.C., on Oct. 28 with pride. The Scarlet Knights withdrew from the final round of the Furman Lady Paladin Invitational in seventh place to return home safely in the wake of the tumultuous storm, but the team believes its future shines brightly. In a transition period that saw the loss of five veterans from last spring, the youthful Knights developed during the course of the fall season and consistently proved a willing contender in tournament play.
Sophomore Kortnie Maxoutopoulis won an individual title and had her best stroke average in her second fall season.
In its final tournament test of the fall season, the Rutgers women’s golf team travels to Greenville, S.C., this weekend for the Furman Lady Paladin Invitational, where the program has not competed in more than three years. The Scarlet Knights are up against 12 non-conference teams along the East Coast, notably a familiar foe in Nova Southeastern, which won the Yale Women’s Intercollegiate — arguably Rutgers’ most difficult event so far.
Sophomore Kortnie Maxoutopoulis enters the Furman Invitational today on the heels of a first-place finish last weekend at the Lehigh Invitational, where she shot a 145 in the Knights’ third tournament of the season.
The Rutgers men’s and women’s golf teams teed off in Bethlehem, Pa., this weekend, each competing in the eight-team Lehigh Invitational and finishing in the top five. The women’s team placed fourth in its invitational, carding a 615 (301-314). After winning two tournaments last fall, sophomore Kortnie Maxoutopoulis claimed her first title of the 2012 campaign. The Pleasanton, Calif., native tied for first place among 45 golfers with a 145 (72-75) scorecard.
The Rutgers women’s golf team takes to the tournament green for the fourth time this season at the Lehigh Invitational this weekend in Bethlehem, Pa.The Scarlet Knights look to build momentum from their recent success at home in the Rutgers Invitational, where they took second place and posted a season-high 16.9 strokes per hole team average. The Knights continued to stress mental game and fine-tune individual mechanics during the last two weeks.
Overcoming the mental challenges of the sport continues to be a focal point for the Rutgers women’s golf team as it prepares for the Lehigh Invitational on Oct. 20 and 21 in Bethlehem, Pa. After three tournaments in their fall campaign, the Scarlet Knights have developed a firm understanding of golf’s psychological hurdles and how they can affect their play. “Golf is very, very mental,” said senior co-captain Brittany Weddell. “Some of the things we go over are not getting down on yourself during the [tournament] round if you have a bad hole. … [Staying] in the present moment is a big [theme].”
The Rutgers women’s golf team returns to tournament action today and tomorrow at home in the 21-team Rutgers Invitational.The Scarlet Knights look to redeem themselves on their home course following a disappointing ninth-place finish in the Yale Intercollegiate on Sept. 21-23 in New Haven, Conn.Head coach Maura Waters-Ballard called Yale the most challenging college golf course in the nation, with elements of which her golfers were unfamiliar.
Sophomore Kortnie Maxoutopoulis tries to defend her title at the Rutgers Invitational. The team took second last season.
With five freshmen on the roster, overcoming an influx of youth and inexperience this season has been challenging for the Rutgers women’s golf team. “I’ve definitely learned that it’s so much more of a commitment than high school golf,” said freshman Melanie Chambers. “You’re constantly reminded of the responsibilities you have. I feel like I play a much bigger role here than I ever did in high school golf, even though I’m not playing [the No. 1 position] like I used to.”