The women’s golf team made it to the PSAC Championship, which began April 22 and ran through April 24. The championship was held in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, at the Berkleigh Golf Club approximately six hours away from Mercyhurst. The championship was a 54-hole event.
The women’s team made this trip after they had spent a week with a pair of events that took place within the Erie area. Additionally, the team had made history for their program, with this being their first time in the NCAA Tournament. In previous years, they sadly fell short, being runners-up in the last two PSAC Champion-ships.
After the opening day of the PSAC Championship, the Lakers found themselves in third place. Additionally, they shot a 344 for this opening day. For this day, the top peformers for the women’s team were Kymberly Henry, a junior from Erie, Pennsylvania, and Isabella Walter, a sophomore from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; where they tied for eleventh place scoring 85 in the opening round.
Furthermore, on the opening day, Millersville was one shot ahead of the Lakers. Gannon University was the leader, shooting a score of 323, making it a 20-shot lead in front of Mercyhurst. On the second day of the PSAC Championship, the Lakers found themselves ranked in second place, after 36 holes of the competition. Their score of 327 allowed them to move up from third to second place.
Walter, again, was the top performer for the women’s team in the second round. During this round, she used a pair of birdies on the front nine, which shot her up the leaderboard where she was sitting in third out of all of the competitors. Overall, she shot 74 on that day.
The next on the leaderboard for the Lakers was Sofia Carrizosa, a sophomore from Bogota, Colombia. Carrizosa had shot a score of 83 during this round, where she posted a 41 on the front nine, and then shot 42 on the back to close out her round. Because of her score, she had tied for twelfth out of all of the competitors that were at the championship.
Gannon still held the position of first place.Closing out the championship, the Lakers improved during the third round as they were coming to an end of their season at the PSAC Championship with a score of 324.
Overall, the women’s team earned their third consecutive PSAC runner-up finish, behind Gannon University. The top performer of the closing day was Henry, where she had an even par through her first six holes as well as had two birdies.
Mercyhurst’s women’s golf top finisher for the championship was Walter. Walter finished strong, tying for sixth out of all of the competitors in the championship.The women’s golf team had a successful season.
The Lakers had made history for their program, where they were excited to have done this. The season was memorable for them, and they intend on continuing to improve and hopefully come out on top next season.