Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

It was the curse of one stroke this past weekend in Kutztown, Pa. for the Women’s Golf team. The Lady Rams lost to their rival, Kutztown University, by just a single stroke. As if this didn’t sting enough,  freshman Lacey Bensing was also one stroke behind the individual winner for the tournament. Bensing had a great weekend at Berkleigh Golf Club, as she finished with a total score of 164. Kutztown’s Hope Giordano took home the individual trophy with a 159 for the weekend.

The freshmen on this team are extremely talented, and have had a phenomenal start to each of their collegiate careers.  Despite battling nerves the first few tournaments, many underclassmen have proved that age doesn’t matter in this sport.

Bensing stated, “The first few tournaments were obviously a little nerveracking, but now we are all starting to become way more comfortable on the course. We look forward to each new tournament to see what we can do!” They have practiced week-in and week-out, and it has paid off the last few tournaments.

WCU Freshman Lauren Molin finished one shot behind Bensing, carding a 165 for third place individually. Molin had a decent first day shooting an 86, but she really came back on day two when she posted a 79 for the day. This was the lowest individual team score for the Golden Rams that day.

Senior captain Gabby Couture also had a pretty solid weekend in Kutztown, Pa. She carded a 168 for the weekend, which placed her sixth overall. “Overall I’m happy with the team this weekend, but the first day killed us. If we would have shot our second day score on the first day as well, we could have won the tournament.” The Lady Rams have been in close competition with Kutztown all season, which is something they are proud of, according to Couture. “Throughout the past few seasons, we couldn’t always keep up with Kutztown, but this year is much different. The fact that we were only a stroke behind them this year definitely shows improvement.” The Golden Rams have absolutely improved over the past few seasons, and a lot of that has to do with the incoming Freshman. Couture has high praises for the newbies and is very proud of their accomplishments this season. She stated, “The Freshmen are awesome! They are so dedicated and want to win very badly. They have a big 3-4 years ahead of them, and I wish I had the time to stay with them and watch them grow.”

Behind Couture this weekend by one stroke was Sophomore Taylor Daskivitch who carded a 170 for seventh place overall. Daskivitch has had a solid few weeks as a Golden Ram, and previously discussed how keeping her focus is very important to her in this game. This week was no different because she ended up shaving seven strokes off her first round score. A seven shot difference in an individual score isn’t necessarily an easy task to complete in the game of golf, but Daskivitch proved otherwise. “My goal this season has been to maintain my focus throughout the whole weekend. I am not always going to shoot my best score every week, but I can try my best to improve. I tried to focus on my short game and putting more on the second day, and it paid off.” Daskivitch had a great recovery last weekend, and is looking forward to next weekend’s championship tournament in Hershey, Pa.

Last Fall, the Lady Rams placed sixth out of nine teams in the PSAC Championships. Gannon University took home the title last year with a team score of 648, while the Rams sat sixth with a two day score of 682.  Couture has high hopes as they enter the championship tournament next weekend, and she is also sad that it is her last PSAC tournament. “It’s a bittersweet feeling going into PSACs. I am excited because I think we have a shot to do big things this year, but sad that it will be my last time playing toward a collegiate championship.” Last year, Couture carded a great individual score of a 159, which placed her fifth individually. She hopes to improve from that score, and lead her team to a PSAC championship.

Best of luck to the Lady Rams, as they head to the “Sweetest Place on Earth” next weekend. Let’s hope for a great end to an amazing fall season!

Jenna Hopkins can be reached at JH758665@wcupa.edu

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