Women’s Golf

Freshmen lead Bobcats in first tournament

By Brian Farrell, QBSN Staff Writer

September 10, 2012

On Monday, the Bobcats wrapped up day two of their first invitational of the season. Quinnipiac finished 14th on the weekend as it held their its from day one. Once again, Quinnipiac was lead by freshmen Krissy Unger (New York, N.Y.) and Jenn Whaley (Farmington, Conn.). Unger finished the day with an 81 (+9), while Whaley finished at an 83 (+11).

Unger finished the weekend in 33rd place with Whaley just two spots back in 35thplace. The two freshmen now hold the program record for best two-day event score. Unger shot a weekend total 163 (82-81, +19), while Whaley shot a 164 (81-83, +20).

Before the weekend, Unger preached that a positive attitude is key to the team’s success.

“One of the things that this team has taught me is to just stay positive. Focus on the next shot, focus on the next thing you have to do, and make sure to not put too much pressure on yourself.”

That positive attitude must have helped as she shaved off a pair of strokes from her day one performance.

“Our freshmen played very well today,” head coach John O’Connor said. “I think that they had some shots that they’d like to get back, but I chalk that up to nerves. Once they settle down, I’m confident they’ll be in the mid-70′s on a consistent basis.”

Veteran Kayla Ketcheson (St. Andrew’s, Manitoba), who once held the record for a two-day tournament score, turned in a night and day performance after shooting a 94 (+22) on day one. But today, she returned to shoot an 83 (+11).

Returners Hannah Russell (Monson, Mass.) and Jennifer Forlenza (Wayne, N.J.) lost a bit on their game as both shot slightly worse. Russell gained five strokes after shooting a 94 (+22) and Forlenza added one stroke from her day one performance as she shot a 91 (+19).

According to the Quinnipiac Athletics website, O’Connor plans to bring two new golfers to next week’s tournament, sophomore transfer Angelica Muscatelli (North Providence, R.I.) and freshman Alexa Gentile (Avon, Conn.).

Quinnipiac will be back on the course this weekend when they travel to Hanover, N.H. for the Dartmouth Invitational.

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Day one of Tignanelli Towson Invitational

By Brian Farrell, QBSN Staff Writer

September 9, 2012

After day one, the Quinnipiac women’s golf team is tied with Mount St. Mary’s for 14th place. The Bobcats were led by freshmen Krissy Unger (New York, N.Y.) and Jenn Whaley (Farmington, Conn.). Whaley’s 81 (+9) marked the best score for QU, with Unger’s 82 (+10) as the next best.

Kayla Ketcheson (St. Andrew’s, Manitoba) struggled shooting a team worst 94 (+22). Ketcheson led the Bobcats all of last season setting a number of school records along the way. Despite her play last year, Ketcheson said she felt that she underperformed and that one of her goals for 2012-13 was to get back to the game she played her sophomore season. Luckily for Ketcheson, the tournament will continue tomorrow.

Hannah Russell (Monson, Mass.) provided the Bobcats with the team’s sole birdie after she shot a four on the seventh hole. Russell’s 89 (+17) was good enough to land her as QU’s third golfer.

Walk on Jennifer Forlenza (Wayne, N.J.) shot a 90 (+18) on the afternoon. Forlenza’s play in the preseason garnered praise from head coach John O’Connor on Friday.

“Jennifer Forlenza worked on her game all summer long. Her game is longer, more accurate, and she has a lot more confidence in her game. For a walk on to compete against girls that were recruited is pretty impressive.”

The Bobcats will continue play tomorrow for the second and final round.

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Women’s golf prepares for first tournament of season

By Brian Farrell, QBSN Staff Writer

September 8, 2012

Quinnipiac women’s golf is preparing to enter into a new age. After a pair of seasons where the Bobcats struggled to put together a competitive squad of experienced golfers, reigning NEC coach of the year, John O’Connor has the team he has been looking for.

The team will be lead by senior Kayla Ketcheson (St. Andrews, Manitoba) and two newcomers, Jenn Whaley (Farmington, Conn.) and Krissy Unger (New York, N.Y.). The two freshmen come to Quinnipiac with plenty of experience. Last year, Unger was the MET PGA Player of the Year. Whaley comes from a family rich with golf tradition. Her mother is a member of the LPGA, while her father is a member of the PGA.

While Kayla led the team last year, O’Connor expects her play to rise to a new level.

“She never had the competition on the team that she has this year. She is working hard on her game, she’s far more focused than she was last year, and she is excited to be a part of a good team.”

Last year was learning experience for Ketcheson, but more off the course.

“Last year’s team got me to really enjoy golf. Everyone was so supportive and as a leader I want that to carry over to this year.”

Last year, success for the Bobcats was measured by positive attitudes and a desire to improve. This year things are different.

“We want to move way up in the rankings,” O’Connor said. “In the conference I’d like to see us in the top three.”

Yet, this new desire for winning has not replaced what makes this team so unique.

When asked why Whaley and Unger decided to come to Quinnipiac, both immediately pointed to QU’s team chemistry.

“Coach is so enthusiastic and before I came to school I met the girls once and they had so much fun comradery,” Unger said.

Tomorrow the Bobcats will travel to Towson for their first tournament of the fall season and there is one thing that sophomore Hannah Russell (Monson, Mass.) wants everyone to know.

“This year’s going to be a whole lot different.”

Stayed tuned for up to date results of the two day tournament on theqbsn.com.

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