Birdies and bogeys — women’s golf ends up/down season

Albion women’s golf finished ninth in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) conference championships this fall when they played in their final 18-hole tournament at the Bedford Valley Country Club in Battle Creek on Oct. 10.  The team was led by Erica Mazur, Northville sophomore, and Morgan Reed, Brighton sophomore.

Last season, the Lady Brits finished fourth in the MIAA last season, but lost two key players coming into this season, one a  graduated senior and one to a study abroad program.

“Our greatest team achievement this season was remaining afloat without our numbers one and two from last year,” Mazur said.  “We had to work a lot harder to make up for the loss…we had a much less extreme drop than our coach and our team had predicted.”

The MIAA Championship was scheduled to be 36 holes, but was cut down to a one day event due to rain on Friday.  The Lady Brits’ 18-hole event was held on Saturday.  Their team total was 402, with Mazur and Reed scoring 93 and 98 respectively.  Overall, the Britons finished sixth in the conference with an average score of 381, only eight shots away from a fifth place finish.

“Every player posted their individual lowest tournament score throughout the year,” Reed said. “This was sort of individual, but it helped the team score as a whole and was a huge success for all of us.”

Mazur led the team with a personal best score of 81 this season, and was the team’s leading scorer with an 87.8 average.  Reed posted her personal best, an 88. 

“As a whole, our team really pulled together this year,” Mazur said.  “We’re all friends as well as teammates, which is really nice.  There is never any team drama, which with seven girls is pretty extraordinary.”

The team is already focusing on next season, with some training and practice goals in mind.

“I think we can improve to fourth or fifth place for next season,” Reed said.  “I think that we all need to focus on our weaknesses over the summer and make it a priority to get out and practice daily.”

Albion women’s golf will continue to keep team spirit alive by meeting periodically throughout the winter to go to team dinners.  They will begin practicing together in March and will begin competing in tournaments again in the spring of 2010.

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