In spite of golfing through spring rain and windy weather, the Georgetown women’s golf team capped off an impressive week and finished fourth at the Pirate Invitational in Pine Hill, N.J., just four days after it finished in first at the Hoya Invitational in Beallsville, Md.
The fourth-place finish at the Pirate Invitational marks Georgetown’s fourth top-five finish this season and its second consecutive top-four finish.
“We played through some brutal conditions in both tournaments, but the team managed to stay focused mentally, despite the weather,” junior and co-captain Patricia Lee said in an e-mail. “It definitely is a testament to what we worked on in the offseason with our mental game meetings and putting practices in [at] Yates.”
Georgetown finished the Hoya Invitational eight strokes better than any other team in the field of 13 teams, posting a 54-hole score of 77-over par 941.
“I was really proud of the team’s performance at the Hoya [Invitational]. It was great to be leading after day one and great to finish with a win,” Head Coach Kate Brophy said. “There was a lot of pressure on us going into the final group, so I was really proud of the team for bringing it home.”
Led by freshman Jacquelyn Eleey, the Hoyas posted several impressive individual scores; out of the 75-player field, three Georgetown golfers finished within the top 10, and four finished within the top 20. Eleey’s 14-over par 230 tied for the best overall score in the tournament. However, she lost the honor of individual champion on the third hole of a playoff to St. John’s junior Anna Kim.
“I ended up being one under (par) through the last three holes, which was good enough to force a playoff,” Eleey said in an e-mail. “The playoff lasted three holes and unfortunately, I didn’t pull through, but I played really well all three rounds, so there were a lot of positives to take away.”
Other standout performances included those by junior co-captain Mackenzie Boydston and freshman Lauren Gros. Boydston finished with an 18-over par 234, good for sixth place, while Gros carded a 20-over par 236, which tied for ninth place.
Brophy points toward the team’s chemistry, especially at a meet close to home like the Hoya Invitational, as a reason for its recent success.
“The team dynamic is great, and it’s so much fun to have everyone on the road,” Brophy said. “It’s definitely different, because there are a lot more people, but it’s fun because the team gets along really well. The Hoya [Invitational] is the only event of the year where everyone plays, so everyone wants each other to play really well, and it’s great to have an event like that during the year.”
Two days after its victory in Maryland, Georgetown traveled to Trump National Golf Club in Pine Hill, N.J., to compete in the Pirate Invitational. The team battled particularly tough weather all weekend and finished in a tie for fourth place among 12 teams with an overall score of 50-over par 626.
“[The Pirate Invitational] was really tough because of the weather conditions, but we … rallied and battled the adversity,” Brophy said. “The weather was really bad, especially on the second day. But we really dug deep, put together a great score, and beat some teams that we hadn’t beaten in years.”
Freshman Christine Schmitt led the Hoyas, posting a career-high score of 7-over par 151 over the two rounds of play. Schmitt finished in a tie for sixth place. Boydston and Gros placed in a tie for 23rd place with a pair of 14-over par 158s.
“Going forward, [our performance in N.J.] gives us a huge boost of confidence because we know that we can beat certain teams, and that if we play our own game, we can do anything that we want to,” Brophy said. “We learned that it’s not about the other teams — it’s about focusing on ourselves and doing the best that we can at any given moment.”
Because of the weather Georgetown faced, putting was an especially important factor in its top finishes.
“During the past two tournaments making putts for par was key,” Lee wrote. “The conditions made it difficult to make birdies, therefore making up and downs was essential. Both tournaments had very close scoring between the teams and it was a matter of who could make the most pars.”
The Hoyas’ meticulous practice schedule has been a key to their recent success.
“Practices have been really good,” Brophy said. “We’ve been focusing a lot on our short game. The last two practices, we literally spent the entire practice on putting and chipping. We know that our short game is probably going to be the difference in the long run. In some of our close finishes, we have really seen the importance of every shot.”
Georgetown does not see action again until April 16, when the team will compete in the Big East Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla.
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