by Sean Begin
The Central Connecticut women’s golf team showed improvement over the weekend at the Yale Women’s Fall Intercollegiate, despite finishing 15th of 17 teams, 95 strokes behind host and tournament winner Yale.
“It was a really good learning experience,” said Coach Carly Ludwig. “We haven’t been to Yale for about two years, so it was good to be out there and see some fantastic teams and play against those players.”
“The golf course was a good test as well. Yale is definitely tough,” she adds. “And after the rains moved in on Saturday night, the golf course was just really wet and really windy out, so it was different.”
Despite the less than ideal conditions, the Blue Devils shot a third round 319, good for 10th best on Sunday
For the second straight tournament, Central was led by junior Albrianna Farnum, who shot a three day score of 284, including a team best 76 in the second round. Sophomore Sarah Bolden shot a 238 for the tournament, finishing the weekend with rounds of 78 and 77 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
“Finally got some girls in the 70’s a little more consistently, day two and three, so I thought that was a big plus,” said Coach Ludwig. “My freshmen battled it out for three days and learned a lot.”
Those freshmen, Kaitlyn Stoddart and Ella Williams, both showed consistency, despite neither breaking into the 70’s. Stoddart shot 86-85-85 over three rounds while Williams carded an 81-80-80.
Coach Ludwig has fielded a less experienced team this season, starting two freshmen, a sophomore, a junior and a senior in each tournament.
That youth showed itself this weekend for Williams, who carded nine strokes on the par-4 17th during the second round, and back to back double bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes on Sunday.
“She hit the ball so well this weekend, it’s unfortunate she took that nine on 17,” said Coach Ludwig of her young player. “She’s right there, she’s right on the cusp. I’m really proud of her. I expect big things from her this spring.”
“The biggest overall riding theme this fall is going to be learning,” explained Coach Ludwig, who views this fall as an adjustment period for her young players. “We’re young and we’re going up against some teams that have some more experienced players.”
“It’s just about learning for now,” she adds.
The women’s golf team heads to New Jersey in three weeks for the Rutgers Invitational on October 14 and 15.