The women’s golf team had a short break to prepare for the Ole Miss Rebel Invitational Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Oxford, Miss., after its third place finish at Morehead State’s Ocala Spring Collegiate Invitational March 22-24 in Ocala, Fla. Sophomore Jacklyn Van Meter was named OVC Golfer of the Week for the second time in three weeks after carding rounds of 75-76-71=222 at the tournament.
Head Coach Velvet Milkman was pleased with Van Meter’s play.
“Her game’s starting to really come around,” Milkman said. “Her short game’s really what’s helping her out. She’s starting to learn that’s important and starting to spend a lot more time on that.”
Milkman said the Ocala Spring Invitational boosted the team’s confidence as it prepares for its next tournament.
“We could’ve won the golf tournament,” Milkman said. “I thought it was a really good confidence booster for us. Good for us to be in that position. I was really, really pleased. I thought it was a really good week.”
Milkman plans for the team to work on its short game, particularly chip shots, before it travels to the 72-par Ole Miss Golf Course.
“They have some really big, undulated green,” Milkman said. “The blind shots – we need to work on our bunker play, as well. So we’re going to be doing some short game this week.”
After Ole Miss, the Racers have a short turnaround before hosting the MSU Invitational April 10-11 and then traveling to Huntsville, Ala., for the OVC Championship April 20-22. Milkman said both she and the team are excited to spend more time practicing out at the course.
“I’m just excited about the next couple weeks to prepare us,” Milkman said. “The weather’s starting to get better and they’re excited to be out practicing more and that’s starting to show.”
Story by Mallory Tucker, Sports Editor