Can the women’s team repeat as national champs?
by Andy Milligan
With Golf being a split season (half tournaments played in fall, half in the spring) it can be hard to keep track of how they are in the standings.
So how is the title defense season going thus far? Safe to say, the Oilers have picked up pretty much right where they left off. Here’s a breakdown of the 2022-23 season so far.
After six events this season, including a home event at the Doc Spragg Invitational, the men currently hold low average in the GMAC conference. With finishes of second, fourth, second, fifth, and seventh, the Oilers are always in the competitive mix.
The strength of the Oilers relies on their experience at the top of the lineup, with seniors Tanner Gregorczyk (posting a record score 64 in the first event of the season at The Meadows) Hunter Foltz, and Caleb Westfall posting consistently solid numbers to keep the Oilers on pace. Juniors Justin Atkinson and Don Professori have been bright spots with several scores under par, and contributions from young sophomore Jon Green have helped the Oilers mightily as well.
The men are currently ranked 24th in the nation according to https://collegiategolf.com/ coaches’ poll, and have been trending in a good direction since the latest polls. They sit atop the GMAC Leaderboards headed into the spring, and head into the winter looking to finish what they started this fall.
The national champion-defending ladies have not disappointed so far this year. Through their first four events, placings of third, first, second, and second respectively have them always near the top of the leaderboards.
Bright spots for the ladies this fall include senior leadership from Danbi Kim and Jill Schmitmeyer, solid scores from junior Gabby Woods. “Super twins” Erin and Mary Kelly Mulcahy always grace the top of the leaderboards and have been major contributors to the Oiler ladies this semester. Mary Kelly was team medalist at each of the first three events and earned player of the week honors.
Ranked sixth in the nation according to the The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) coaches’ poll, the ladies close out their fall at the Legends Invitational in Bradenton, Florida Oct. 31. Be sure to stay posted on both the men’s and women’s team as they head into the spring season atop the leaderboards and make their push towards repeat champions.