The women’s golf team has been on a roller coaster of a ride so far this season — facing adversity, injuries and weather conditions making it difficult for the team to be on the golf course as much as they want to be.
Aine Filler, a junior and reigning Centennial Conference Player of the Week, recently placed very high in her outings. On Tuesday, April 10, Filler shot a season-low 82 in the Ursinus Spring Invitational to place first by a stroke. The tournament victory was the fourth in her career.
But in general, course availability has been very slim, due to the constant snow and bad weather that has been hitting the Lehigh Valley.
“We still have a long season ahead of us, but not having the opportunity to practice definitely affects the teams’ progress,” said Filler.
Fortunately, the team is provided with a golf simulator that is placed in the Life Sports Center. “There is always more work that needs to be done on both a team and personal level,” stated Filler.
Regardless, the five-girl roster, along with head coach John Librick, has done everything that they can to stay positive.
The Centennial Conference has always been very competitive for the lady Mules. To make it even more competitive, the Conference added two new teams (Marymount and Neumann) that the Mules will face off against in tournaments this upcoming season.
I see ourselves placing really well at the tournament and some of us even making the All-Conference team. – Aine Filler
Last season, the women were able to win three tournaments in a row before the conference championship. They look to build off of that success this season, as they have a total of six tournaments left before the 2018 championship. The remaining six outings will be over a short time span, because of regulations mandating the tournaments be complete before the championships.
The team also has a really good relationship with their head coach, Coach Librick. It can be challenging for them at times to get his full attention because he also has to coach the men’s team as well. On the other hand, the women like that Librick coaches both teams because it brings them closer together. they find it useful to practice with the men because the teams can learn from each other.
Most people think of golf as being a solo sport, but in terms of invitationals, the women must work together in order to beat the other teams that they are competing against in their conference. Coach Librick makes sure that the two teams stick together and do everything they can to make each other better golfers.
The women have a big season ahead of them and they refuse to let any bad weather or injury get in their way. Ultimately, the women have high expectations and expect to place very well in the Centennial standings this year.
“I see ourselves placing really well at the tournament and some of us even making the All-Conference team,” said Filler.