The Penn women’s golf team has not competed in a tournament in almost five months. But now, with the spring portion of the season coming up in a few days, the Quakers are back.
Penn will head to Kingmill, Va., to play in the C&F Bank Intercollegiate on Sunday. They will be competing against women’s golf teams from across the nation, and they’re chomping at the bit to do so.
“We were on spring break for nine days in West Palm Beach and played seven rounds of golf,” Penn coach Mark Anderson said. “We practiced a lot in all areas, short game, putting and full swing.
Everyone is pretty sharp after all that practice, and we’re looking forward to starting the semester, getting comfortable and playing in the tourney.”
Last year, Penn finished fifth in the C&F Bank Intercollegiate. After a rough start, the women finished the final round with the highest team score, earning them a place in the top five. But the team will be looking for a first place position this time and have been working hard to reach that goal.
One key golfer for the Red and Blue will be sophomore Amanda Chin. A second-team All-Ivy selection, Chin finished fifth at the C&F Intercollegiate last year, one of only two Quakers to finish in the top 10. A big performance from Chin will help the team win the tourney.
Another key to their success will be putting. Anderson stressed the need for effective putting at the tournament at the team’s practices during spring break.
“We’re actually arriving early at the tournament and working on putting,” he said. “Putting is where you lose a lot of strokes. If you are missing three or four quick putts, it adds up.”
Even though the team has obstacles to overcome, it isn’t short on confidence. So the players will be looking to flex their muscles during the spring.
“[We’re looking forward to] the competition,” he said. “It is fun to play with other teams and to see how we stack up … but I definitely feel like we can win any of the tournaments we are playing in this semester.”
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