Centre Women’s Golf Fall Season Recap
The Centre Women’s Golf team is coming off of the greatest fall season in program history. Fresh off the heels of a seventh place finish at last year’s NCAA Division III Golf Championships, the Colonels were ranked eighth in the country in the preseason Golfstat poll.
Centre won its first tournament of the year, finishing first out of seven teams at the Jim English Invitational at Danville C.C. The host Colonels finished 13 strokes ahead of their nearest competitor and 28 strokes ahead of the next highest Division III opponent at the tournament.
The Colonels then traveled to South Bend, Ind. to compete in the most prestigious tournament of the fall, the O’Brien Invitational at St. Mary’s College. The field featured all of the top ten teams from the previous season’s final Golfstat poll. Centre finished in fourth place at the O’Brien, beating perennial powerhouse teams like Wisconsin-Eau Claire, George Fox and Gustavus Adolphus in the process. The fourth place finish at the O’Brien was the only tournament of the fall where Centre competed and did not win.
Centre rode the wave of momentum from their O’Brien performance throughout the rest of the fall. The Colonels won their next tournament, finishing first out of seven teams at the rain-soaked DePauw Invitational. Centre was able to exact a bit of revenge by beating DePauw, who had been one of the three teams to finish ahead of Centre at South Bend.
By virtue of their split against DePauw and their fourth place finish at St. Mary’s, the Colonels were ranked second in the country in the season’s first Division III Golfstat poll. The next week, Centre set a school record for lowest tournament score, shooting 306 to win their second home tournament of the fall, the Centre College Women’s Fall Invitational. All five Centre players shot lower than 80 for the day and the Colonels finished 20 strokes ahead of the next closest D-III team in the field.
The Colonels capped off the fall schedule with a win at the highly competitive Rhodes Invitational at Cottonwoods G.C. in Tunica, Miss. Despite extremely windy conditions, the Colonels were able to put together one of their most impressive performances of the season, winning the tournament by 16 strokes in a field that featured three other teams ranked in the top 20 according to Golfstat.
The Centre Women’s Golf team is currently ranked third in the Golfstat poll.