On the rise

From GLIAC to GMAC

Malone’s women’s golf team has struggled to compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) in previous years, but with their entry into the Great Midwestern Athletic Conference (GMAC) the team is finding increased success.
After securing a top ten finish in the Evan Parker tournament and finishing second in the GMAC at the Fall Invitational, the women’s golf team is off to a strong start.

Melanie Smith, junior community and public health major, shooting at the Midwest Fall Invite (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)
Melanie Smith, junior community and public health major, shooting at the Midwest Fall Invite (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)

Bill Eddins is in his first year as head coach of the women’s golf team after previously coaching men’s basketball.
“This transition was a challenge, but the girls have helped make it a smooth one,” said Eddins.
Their recent success is an amazing turnaround from the team’s past experiences.
“Competing in the GLIAC was like a three headed monster” Eddins said. “Being in the GMAC, the team feels as though it will have a more competitive balance.”
Senior golfer Kaitlyn Brant echoed Eddins statement.
“The GMAC is refreshing, and Malone athletics are all on the rise,” said Brant.
Brant believes success is largely influenced by team chemistry.
“While many see golf as an individual’s sport, the team believes there is no “I” in what they do. Yes, we are playing for ourselves, but in the back of our mind the top four scores are for a team finish,” said Brant.
Melanie Smith, junior golfer, said she thinks the chemistry within the team as well as strong leadership could lead to a GMAC championship.
“My job is to lead by example,” said Smith.
Smith hopes that the support of the Malone community with the team’s hard work will lead to continued success in the GMAC

 

Rob Elder is a sports writer for The Aviso

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