The women’s golf program has doubled in size this season, increasing their two-player roster to a four-player roster which is eligible for team competition instead of just individual. Through a busy month of April with matches nearly every weekend, different golfers have stepped up each match to instill a new culture into the women’s golf program.
The team currently consists of two freshmen in Ashlee Bobzin and Sarah Conley, junior Maggie Kingora and senior Hannah Turner.
Hannah Turner has competed in individual play her sophomore and junior years at Virginia Wesleyan, but this season marks her first year as a part of a team.
“I’m ecstatic with the growth of the team this year,” Turner said. “With me being a senior, it’s unfortunate that I couldn’t have played in a team setting during my entire college career. However, the dream I wanted to achieve happened.”
Now that Turner has been a part of this program for three years and sees the growth it is capable of, she takes a lot of time to ensure the program continues to grow.
“I want to have recruits visit before I leave to see the campus and get a chance to meet the team and get answers about the campus life. I’ve always been able to reach the recruits who visited in the past, whether it’s a male or female recruit…Getting players committed here is my top goal,” Turner said.
Turner led the way for the team at the Spartan Invitational in York, Pennsylvania on April 6 and 7. On the first day of competition she shot an 85 and on the second day she shot a 90. Her two-day score of 175 (+17) earned her 17th place out of 54. As a whole, the team finished eighth on the weekend.
On March 30 and 31, the team participated in the Eagle Invitational in Stafford, Va. The Marlins finished in sixth place with a score of 754 (+186). Kingora led the charge and earned 11th place.
In the most recent event, the Marlins, who were led by Bobzin, who finished third at the Shenandoah Shootout in Front Royal, Virginia on April 13 and 14. Bobzin earned fourth overall with a two-day score of 128 (+21).
“I’m happy to see low scores for our new team. I know we are capable of much better and I’m hoping we can accomplish this in our final tournament at ODAC’s,” Turner said.
The team competes at the ODAC Championships April 28 through April 30.