Season Recap: Women’s Golf Shines in First Year of Competition
NORTH ANDOVER, MA - In the inaugural season of women's golf at Merrimack, the Warriors competed in 10 events against Division I, II and III teams from across the country.
With a squad of three rookies, Merrimack posted four top-10 team finishes in the fall, including a top-five finish at the Wellesley Invitational.
The Warriors suffered a narrow loss at Wellesley in the first-ever competition in school history. Merrimack was edged by just two strokes in the season-opening event.
The Warriors picked up back-to-back eighth-place finishes at the NYU Invitational and Mount Holyoke Invitational.
Merrimack traveled south to participate in the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate Invitational which drew many of the top teams in the country. The Warriors placed 17th in a field of 20 institutions at the tournament.
Merrimack closed out the fall slate with a seventh-place finish at the Robert Morris Invitational and a fourth-place finish at the Wellesley Invitational.
The Warriors competed at the Brown Bear Invitaional, Vassar College Invitational, Hartford Invitational and the Jack Leaman Championships during the spring.
Lloyd Hoehle (Fullerton, CA) and Ali Reed (Westborough, MA) each turned in Merrimack's lowest tournament scores this season. Hoehle carded a weekend total of 162 at the Hartford Invitational and Reed posted a 162 at the Wellesley Invitational.
Bethany Arnold (Wrentham, MA) and Reed each shot the Warriors' lowest single-round score in their first seasons. Arnold turned in a 79 in round one of the Hartford Invitational while Reed also shot a 79 in the second round of play at the NYU Invitational and Wellesley Invitational.
"Our inaugural season was very successful thanks to so many who worked extremely hard to make it that way ensuring a seamless transition of another varsity sport. As for our team which was comprised of three players, all competed to the best of their ability, earned a department high GPA, and also represented the school well," said head coach Nick Crovetti. "I am very proud of the young women who decided to be part of my program and the Merrimack College family. This was indeed a special year and women's golf is very viable as we continue to mature as a varsity sport at Merrimack College."
The Warriors will return all three golfers and will look to bolster their roster next season.