Coming off the heels of another Centennial Conference title, the Gettysburg College women’s golf team will look to continue its winning ways this season.
Missing its top three scorers who were all studying abroad, Gettysburg concluded the fall slate by winning the McDaniel Tri-Match, placing fifth at the McDaniel Invitational, third at the first Gettysburg Tri-Match, and second at the final Gettysburg Tri-Match. Senior Gillian Marini led Gettysburg in the first three events and captured her first individual title while freshman Cameron D’Amica guided the Bullets in the fall finale.
With a new season upon us, new goals are set for the Orange and Blue.
“I want each athlete on our team to be able to say they are a better player at the end of the season compared to the beginning of the season”, said Head Coach Susan Konstalid, who is entering her 12th year at the helm. “To do this, we must work hard and work smart.”
Konstalid continued by saying, “We would like everyone to improve their golf games individually. If we are able to do that, our team scores will improve. We are also looking forward to the opportunity to compete for the conference championship.”
Konstalid, who was named the CC Coach of the Year for the sixth time in 11 seasons, has guided the Bullets to eight conference titles, 70 tournament wins, 25 all-conference awards, and eight CC Player of the Year selections.
Last season, the Bullets claimed their eighth-straight Centennial Conference title, setting a new institution standard for consecutive league team championships, and went on to compete at the NCAA Division III Championship for the fifth year in a row. The only other conference team to win five or more straight league titles is McDaniel College, who accomplished the feat from 2002-06.
Gettysburg enters this spring with eight on the roster, a slightly smaller squad then the team has seen in the last couple of years. The team maybe on the smaller size, but they are mighty as four of the five who competed in last season’s CC title returns.
“They are a great bunch of players that get along very well and hold each other to a high standard of performance,” commented Konstalid. “I think the team chemistry they have will allow them to achieve success.”
Junior Skylar Frankiewicz collected her second-straight all-conference honor after earning All-CC First Team laurels last season. She finished second in the CC with a scoring average of 85 strokes per round and led Gettysburg by winning three events, placing in the top 10 on eight occasions. Frankiewicz ranks third in program history with a scoring average of 83.8.
Junior Hannah Fireman claimed all-conference accolades for the second year in a row last season. The 2017 Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year carded a season-low 79 at the Red Devil All-American Classic and was the team’s top performer at nationals with a total score of 260 through three rounds of competition.
After missing last season due to an injury, junior Katie McCarthy is ready to return to the course and compete this season. During her freshman campaign, she just missed all-league status with an eighth-place finish at the Centennial Conference Championship, finishing with a total score of 171.
Junior Erin Schroeder and Marini appeared in their first CC Championship in 2018 and finished in strong fashion.
Schroeder secured a 10th-place finish after firing a 94 on the final day and tallying a two-day total of 184 (90-94), while Marini finished just off her opening-round pace with a 98. She tied for 17th with a score of 192 (94-98).
Also looking to make waves this season will be senior Virginia Martin, sophomore Lindsay Waller and D’Amica.
Gettysburg opens its spring season at the McDaniel Invitational held at The Bridges Golf Club on Abbottstown today and Sunday.