By Sean Begin
The Central Connecticut women’s golf team showed some inexperience while finishing 14th out of 20 schools at the Rutgers Invitational last week.
“Unfortunately, we’re young and inexperienced and we went in there and it kind of got to us a little bit,” said Coach Carly Ludwig.
Despite the inexperience, youth led the team in the form of freshman Ella Williams, whose two-day score of 162 was tied for 53rd overall.
“Ella’s been knocking at the door,” said Ludwig of her young golfer. “Every time she comes off the golf course she’s found something different in her game and in her attitude towards how she plays and what she does.”
Williams’ fellow freshman Kaitlyn Stoddart had a rough first round at Rutgers, shooting an 88, but showed the most improvement among the team in round two, lowering her score by seven strokes to an 81.
“The great thing is both of them [Williams and Stoddart] walked off the golf course and both said I’ve learned so much and I hope they take that and use that in our final tournament in the fall,” said Ludwig. “It’s about them figuring out that sometimes being safe isn’t backing down it’s actually making the right choice.”
Sophomore Sarah Boden shot a team best 79 in the second round, the only member of the team to break 80 during the two day tournament. Boden, who shot a 163 over both rounds, has shown a marked improvement in her decision making since last season.
“She’s done a way better job this year of seeing her options and making good decisions and knowing that even if you don’t have your best stuff that day you can still salvage your round by making good decisions and picking good lines,” said Ludwig.
Junior Albrianna Farnum, who had led the Blue Devils in their previous two tournaments, matched Boden’s 163, despite playing sick.
“Unfortunately, she wasn’t feeling too well this past weekend but you still have to fight through those things,” said Ludwig. “You’re not always going to feel well, you’re not always going to have your A-game.”
Farnum has been the team’s best player and, according to Ludwig, is the most experienced golfer on the team. Farnum has taken that experience to become “a good source of encouragement” for the younger girls on the team, Ludwig said.
As Ludwig points out, the team is young and relatively inexperienced, especially when compared to other NEC schools such as Long Island University, who starts three experienced juniors on their squad. The Blue Devils finished fourth of six NEC schools at Rutgers.
“Most of the other NEC teams are a lot more experienced than us, have been to the same tournaments for three or four years now and they kind of know what to expect,” said Ludwig.
Despite the inexperience of her young team Ludwig’s focus has been on learning and growing for the spring run up to the NEC championship.
“The good thing about my sport is I have until April 24th to figure things out,” said Ludwig. “All these [tournaments] leading up to NEC tournament are a good opportunity to learn and grow and hopefully not repeat the same mistake twice.”
The Central women’s golf team finishes the semester this weekend at the University of Delaware’s inaugural tournament on Oct. 26 and 27.