Women’s golf anticipates improved spring season

 

Spring is here and so is the Pioneer women’s golf team.

Freshman Maggie Reiman strikes a putt across the green in the Ohio Independent Championships at Raintree Country Club during the fall. On Oct. 5-6 Reiman shot 85-78 for a 163 total and T-4 finish. (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)

Led by third year coach Heather Grovemiller, a 2007 graduate and former Pioneer golfer, the team is looking to put together a strong season this spring.

The Pioneers expect to do so “with great individuality and just the desire to do well,” Grovemiller said.

Grovemiller is particularly anxious for the upcoming spring season.

“I feel we will do really well,” Grovemiller said. “The girls worked hard during winter. They practiced regularly and even though the team is quite young, the fall is under our belts.”

Grovemiller said that senior  Natalie Reddaway and junior Abby Froman are leading the team this spring and that they are great leaders for the freshmen and sophomores.

She also went on to talk about how practice is carried on individually and as a team as well as what the Pioneer program is trying to achieve.

“Individually I work with the women one on one; we go over general concepts of the game,” Grovemiller said. “Some of the girls individually come from different high school backgrounds, some had good coaches, some did not, but I don’t let that get in the way of teaching the girls how the game is played because they all play great and have great potential.

“As long as the girls work hard and apply what they have learned during practice, I feel I have done my job,” Grovemiller said.

In matches Grovemiller tries to be more nurturing to her athletes and focuses more on having them play golf instead of golf swing.

“During matches I am really encouraging, not so much correcting, but more so mentally, gaining the trust of each player,” Grovemiller said. “I have the women execute shots, stay calm and focused.”

[pullquote]Heading into the spring season I expect to improve averages and bring down the score, I want to see us all improve and bring home some wins,” Reiman said.[/pullquote]

The strength of this team certainly is the two leaders, Reddaway and Froman, who help provide perspective to their teammates. The soft spot is inexperience.

“Our strengths would have to be our two upperclassmen, who are both great leaders. They help the girls with balancing school and staying mentally focused for tournaments so there is no worry about technique,” Grovemiller said. “Our weakness would have to be the fact that we have such a young team with so many underclassmen.”

Not only does Grovemiller feel the season will go well; freshman Maggie Reiman shares her coach’s sentiment.

“Heading into the spring season I expect to improve averages and bring down the score,” Reiman said. “I want to see us all improve and bring home some wins.”

With such a difficult schedule it is hard to point out just one opponent who will give the team headaches, but Reiman said rival Walsh should be a tough out.

Personally, she is confident with her game and swing heading into the season and expects this spring to be a successful one.

“I’m not really sure who our toughest matches will be but I know Walsh has a good program,” Reiman said. “I have a friend who goes there and we practice together sometimes. I feel really confident with my swing though and I have high expectations for myself.”

The next time the Pioneers will tee it up will be for the Westminster Invitational on April 9 at 12:00 p.m. in New Castle, P.a. at New Castle Country Club.

Sabrina Jackson is a contributing writer for The Aviso AVW.

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