The first thing you notice when you enter the Indiana State indoor women’s golf facility are the dozens of phrases scrawled on the walls in permanent marker. The women of the golf team are covering the indoor facility in an effort to motivate generations of players to come. This friendly graffiti is just one example of the camaraderie that holds the women’s golf team together.
“We’re just one big whole family,” said Margaret Harper, a junior applied medicine major and member of the team. Harper and three other senior members of the team — Andrea Frankiewicz, Amanda Smith and Gina Della Camera — sat in beanbag and lawn chairs as they reminisced about their college golf career. All senior members were present except for Erinn Sutton, who was unable to make it to practice that day.
The 2014-15 season was a great one for the women’s golf team. Whether it was setting a personal best or overcoming a mental obstacle, each woman has an accomplishment to her name.
“The last tournament we had in the fall was my best tournament. I shot a 75, which was a cool feeling,” Frankiewicz said, referring to the Charles Brawn Intercollegiate, which the women’s golf team won overall.
The team credits much of their success to Gregory Towne, the women’s golf coach. Towne has proven himself to be an excellent coach, mentor and friend.
“He’s a father figure,” said Smith, a sports management major. “He wants us to leave golf (knowing) that those relationships you build with people are the essence of why you do stuff in life.”
In addition to having a great coach, each teammate helps each other out with constructive criticism.
“Having other people tell us what we’re weak at is kind of a challenge, but at the same time it’s what makes us grow,” said Smith.
The ISU golf team has brought nine women from different backgrounds together into a family unit, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
“Combined all together we’re the perfect person,” said Della Camera, an accounting major.
While this year’s season has been phenomenal, success would not have been possible without a love for the game.
“Do what you’re passionate about,” said Frankiewicz. “Do what you absolutely love. If you don’t love it, then you’re not going to be happy.”
|Sept. 13-14||WIU Autumn Invitational at Macomb, Ill:||2nd, 5 teams|
|Sept. 21||Saluki Shootout at Carbondale, Ill Ill:||3rd, 7 teams|
|Oct. 4-5||Diane Thomason Invitational at Iowa City, IowaV||8th, 13 teams|
|Oct. 12-14ams||Payne Stewart Memorial at Springfield, Mo IowaV||9th, 15 teams|
|Oct. 27-28ams||Charles Braun Intercollegiate at Granger, Ind.V||1st, 15 teams|
|March 2-3eams||CSUSM Cougar Invitational at San Marcos, Calif.||4th, 7 teamss|
|March 16-17ss||Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate at Sevierville, Tenn.||4th, 10 teams|
|March 21-22ms||Low Country Intercollegiate at Hilton Head, S.C.||8th, 15 teams|
|April 3-4eams||Bradley Spring Invitational at Peoria, Ill. S.C.||1st, 8 teamss|
|April 12-13ss||ISU Spring Invitational at home||1st, 13 teams|
|April 19-21ms||MVC Women's Golf Championship at Burlington, Iowan.||6th, 10 teams|