By: Tim Anderson, Contributing Writer
After finishing 7th out of 8 in last year’s CAA Championships, the Towson women’s golf team is looking for a bounce back 2015-16 season.
“I think there’s some definite room for improvement,” said senior Krissy Unger who set a school record with a 77.5 scoring average during the 2014-15 season.
Although the team finished next to last in the CAA Championships, great improvements were made. As a team, the Tigers notched a 79.7 scoring average, three strokes lower than the year prior and the lowest since the team’s inception in 2007.
In fact, since the 2011-12 season, the Tigers have lowered their average score by about 3 strokes each year.
A big part of the program’s gradual improvement is Unger who, in each of her two seasons, has recorded team best averages of 80.2 and 77.5 respectively.
While Unger enters this season under high expectations after her record-setting 2014-15 campaign, she does not feel any added pressure.
“I really don’t want to look at it as pressure but to see where I can go with this game and most importantly enjoy all the memories to come this year,” Unger said.
This year’s memories begin on Sept. 5 at the Nittany Lion Invitational in University Park, Pennsylvania. The fall season will continue with the Tignanelli Towson Invitational hosted by the university, followed by matches against the United States Naval Academy, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of Delaware.
Unger is joined by Emma Hjarne, Viveka Singh and Larissa Spiess as the four senior leaders on this year’s team which also features two incoming freshmen — Jenny Buchanan and Alix Lowe — as well as Abby Chong who will be ready to play this season after redshirting in 2014-15.
Mentoring the younger players is a key factor in the team’s success this season, and Unger and the other seniors understand their roles as leaders.
“[We] want to give the younger girls the best advice we can give and just support them to do well. We are always around to answer any questions, and the more they ask — who knows — the possibilities are endless for this team,” Unger said.
Even though after this season the Tigers will lose graduating seniors Unger and Spiess, the team’s two lowest scorers last season, Unger is confident that the program will continue its improvement shown over the last few seasons.
“I know when we leave we will leave this team in very capable hands,” Unger said.