2014 SMWC Golf Preview
August 28, 2014
SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. – The 2014 Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) women’s golf season has arrived. This season the Pomeroys will take part in seven different events, all of which will present SMWC with both challenges and opportunities.
Last season, the Pomeroys saw, then senior, Kelsey Fuqua medal at the Battle at Bloomington. SMWC also saw, now senior, Sloane Engle place third at the Rose-Hulman Invitational. These events are again on SMWC’s schedule, and once again SMWC will strive for success.
“We will start the season off at the Battle at Bloomington, which is hosted by Indiana University-East at the Indiana University Golf Course. We have done well there in the past few years,” stated head coach Steve Higham, when asked about some of the notable events on SMWC’s schedule. SMWC shot an 18-hole team score of 341 at the event last season, which ended up being their second best finish behind shooting a 340 against Brescia and Oakland City. “We will also play at Oakland City’s golf course, Country Oaks, where we have had a lot of success. Our season will end up at Spring Arbor in Jackson, Mich., at Cascades Golf Course,” added coach Higham.
Last season, the Pomeroys finished second at the Battle at Bloomington and won their outing with Brescia and Oakland City. This season’s seven events should again prove to help the Pomeroys grow as a team that is in its seventh year of existence.
SMWC’s other events will consist of the Rose-Hulman Invitational, the DePauw Invitational, Hanover Invitational, and a meeting with Oakland City and Brescia at Hulman Links.
“Like the last several years, our schedule is very challenging. We will play Hanover and DePauw. DePauw is often ranked within the top five of NCAA Division III,” said head coach Steve Higham, when asked about some of the competition SMWC will face this season.
The 2014-15 team is made up of six golfers. Returning for coach Higham are seniors Sloane Engle and Shelby French, juniors Morgan Patterson and Abby Abel, sophomore Kelsi Brown, and newcomer, freshman Tori Muncy.
“We have a lot of potential. I know everyone worked hard over the summer,” said Engle, when asked about her thoughts on the upcoming season.
“We have six outstanding ladies, and hopefully all of them are going to graduate from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. That’s one of our three goals: graduate, be a good person, have some fun and hit the golf ball well,” said coach Higham.
One of the outstanding returners for SMWC is Engle. She set the SMWC lowest score record for 36-holes with a 162 (82-80) at the Hanover Invitational in 2012. Engle was also a part of the 2012 team that set the school record for the best 18-hole and 36-hole team score. Engle finished the 2013 season with a team-leading average of 83.8. “We are fortunate to have Engle with us as a senior. She has played really well over the last three years,” said coach Higham.
Another key returner for the Pomeroys is Patterson, who is the second leading returner this season after shooting a season average of 86.2 in 2013. “Patterson will be our number two. She has had some outstanding rounds, and has been in the low 80’s,” said coach Higham, when asked about Patterson’s contribution to the 2014 team.
“We have seven events this year. Hopefully we play our best every time out. Golf is a tough game and we know we can’t win every time out, but we play our best for 18-holes every day, and that is all we can ask.”
The Pomeroys will tee off for the first time in 2014 on Friday, August 29 at the Battle at Bloomington in Bloomington, Ind. For up-to-date information on SMWC Golf and all of SMWC Athletics, stay tuned to smwc.edu/athletic.
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SMWC's teams are known as the "Pomeroys." Their name was chosen in memory of alumna and faculty member Sister Mary Joseph Pomeroy, a Sister of Providence, who was a great advocate of athletics and physical fitness. The name "Pomeroy" is not so much a thing, but a spirit of athletic excellence and sportsmanship.