On the heels of a team championship two weeks ago, Ashland University's women's golf team will get back on the course on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 21-22) at Ohio Dominican's Cumberland Trail Classic.
At the season-opening Michael Corbett Fall Classic in Erie, Pa., on Sept. 8-9, the Eagles won the 20-team event by one stroke, thanks in large part to:
- A career-best second-place finish by junior Sophie Hemleben (77-76—153).
- Senior Megan Pollock's Ashland debut in which she placed sixth (75-83—158).
- And a career-best tied-for-16th-place showing from senior Logan Pottorf (78-88—166).
"We didn't go in there thinking we could win, and we came out of there pleasantly surprised," said Ashland head coach Gene Grabiec.
Pottorf has moved her average season round from 91.0 as a sophomore to 88.8 as a junior to 83.0 after the first two rounds as a senior.
"Logan is just like a sponge. Everything I've suggested, she acclimates to instantly, and she can see her golf game getting exponentially better," said Grabiec. "She is going to surprise a lot of people. She has yet to play her best golf, and she's right on the cusp of doing that."
Last year, the Eagle women finished eighth in the 15-team field at the Cumberland Trail Classic. During that event, Hemleben shot a career-low 71 in Round 1 – tied for the fifth-best score in program history.
"That's very encouraging for her," Grabiec said. "We realize that this is a good field. These are the top teams in the region. It's going to give us a taste of what we are in store for, what we need to work on."