Oct. 12, 2012
Bearcat golfers close fall season
By David Boyce
A week ago, sophomore golfer Steph Charteris felt the cold and got hot.
Charteris shot a 73 and passed junior teammate Cassie Lowell to win the Bearcat Fall Classic at Mozingo Lake Golf Course.
A 73 under perfect weather conditions is outstanding. To do it in a blustery wind with reports of the first snowflake of the season is simply remarkable.
But Charteris strategy was basic.
“I just wanted to get off the course. If I made my shots, I was done quicker,” said Charteris, who finished with a two-day total of 154.
“It was freezing. It was really hard to concentrate. You just want to be inside and warm. It is hard to keep warm and swing your club.”
Lowell, who finished second, applied the same strategy. Unfortunately for Lowell, she re-injured a knee on the eighth hole and struggled the rest of the way. After shooting a 78 to lead after the first day, Lowell dipped on day two with an 83.
I’m not going to make an excuse, but I did hurt my knee again on the 8th hole,” Lowell said. “It definitely made it harder to get through the rest of the holes. I played as well as I could.”
Despite the less than ideal conditions, the Bearcat finished the fall portion of their season perfectly. They won the Bearcat Fall Classic.
In five fall tournaments, Northwest placed first three times and second once.
“It bodes well for the spring for the whole team,” Northwest coach Pat McLaughlin said. “We were able to reduce our overall stroke average.”
In addition to the play of Lowell and Charteris, McLaughlin liked the way junior Kristina D’Angela played as well as sophomore Ashley Powers and freshman Amber Norman.
Powers tied for fifth and D’Angela and Norman tied for 10th at the Bearcat Fall Classic. The lone senior, Tess Edwards, placed seventh.
“Kristina D’Angela who had shown signs of playing really well last spring, came on and played very consistent for us in the No. 3 spot,” McLaughlin said. “Freshman Amber Norman had some top five finishes also this fall.”
Charteris and Lowell both liked that they were more consistent this fall compared to last spring.
“I had a few rounds that were shaky, but overall, I lowered my stroke average,” Charteris said. “It was a good season.”
Lowell, who is the defending MIAA champion, also liked her fall season.
“Eighty-three was my highest round this fall,” Lowell said. “I was really disappointed both times I shot it. I know that keeping it lower than that is something I definitely need to do.
“I now know what I need to do to be a better player.”
The competition within the team will also help the Bearcats when they resume play in the spring.
“I definitely think the good competition within our team motivated us to keep playing better,” Lowell said.
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