BOONE, N.C. – The Appalachian State women’s golf team is preparing to tackle the spring season of play, starting with the Oyster Shuck Match Play event in Spartanburg, S.C. this Monday through Tuesday.
Head coach Heather Brown, in her 11th season at the helm, will take her team full of leaders head on into the spring season, ultimately leading toward the goal of the Sun Belt Championship in April.
“Our emphasis this semester is one team rather than five individuals,” Brown said. “This is a great group of girls who know if they work hard, they can do something special. I think the younger players will feed off Joliana [Elias] and Patricia [Thompson] and play hard for each other.”
Joliana Elias, 76.17 fall scoring average, and Patricia Thompson, 77.92 fall scoring average, are the lone seniors on the team, but will have plenty of support from the rest of the squad this spring.
“Leadership is our mantra no matter what class or what spot in the lineup,” said Brown. “Jo and Patty have worked as hard as anyone I have coached from the minute they arrived on campus. I am excited to watch them both take this team to its potential.”
Other leaders include junior Melany Chong, who averaged 78.08 strokes in the fall, sophomore Abby Bolt with 78.11 per-round, sophomore Mogie Adamchik coming in at 79.22 strokes last fall and Sarah Hardin finishing with an average of 81.33 in her three tournaments. Freshman Kayla Ward and newcomer Emma Havmoeller complete the team.
Although the Apps saw a win in their first event and a tie for fifth place in their second event last fall, they did not finish the fall the way they wanted.
“We were not totally happy with our finish in our last fall event,” said Brown. “We had a great first round but did not finish strong. We will go into this first tournament with a better game plan for finishing and probably a little chip on our shoulder.”
Brown and the team know they must get off to another hot start this spring and keep the foot on the pedal when they come down the stretch.
“I always look forward to the process,” said Brown, referencing getting prepared for tournaments. “The process of us getting better with each tournament. The process of watching the girls start believing in themselves. The process of us coming together as a team that plays for one another.”
The Mountaineers will compete in six tournaments this spring, scattered down the east coast, prior to their clash in Daytona Beach, Fla., for the Sun Belt Championship April 15-17.