Courtesy: Middlebury Athletics
Women’s golf wrapped up its season last weekend at home against Hamilton. While this year was nowhere near normal, the team was happy to have a chance to compete in five matches this spring.
Coach Bill Mandigo expressed this gratefulness in an interview with The Campus.
“The fact that we were able to play, go to different courses, and see different teams was a success regardless of how well we played,” Mandigo said.
Women’s golf placed fourth out of four in their first match, and then finished fourth out of five in their next three matches. Team scores were not kept in their final match.
While also having to navigate the rule changes due to Covid-19, the Panthers dealt with a smaller roster, as two players did not return to campus this semester and one got injured. Yet, the opportunity to play overshadowed any of these struggles.
Katie Murphy ’23, who led the way for Middlebury in every match, commented on her experience this season.
“Having a season and being able to play golf everyday completely changed the trajectory of my semester,” Murphy said. “Feeling like it was a competitive season was awesome.”
The Panthers return almost their entire roster next season, with captain Erika Nakagawa ’21 being the only graduating senior. While Williams won the NESCAC championship this year, Middlebury hopes to compete for the title in the fall.