IU women’s golf will compete Sunday-Monday in the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Turtle Point Golf Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The event is the team’s first competition of their shortened 2021 schedule.
The team’s last competition was the Hurricane Invitational March 2-3, 2020, at Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables, Florida.
“Well, it’s definitely been long, and that’s the big thing,” head coach Clint Wallman said. “You get out of the habit of competing a little bit.”
In the absence of team play, golfers have competed in tournaments as individuals. Senior Angela Aung earned an eighth place finish at the Golfweek Hoosier Amateur on Oct. 3-4, 2020, at the Pfau Course in Bloomington.
Other competitors at the Hoosier Amateur included sophomores Valerie Clancy and Hanna Tanaka along with freshman Morgan Dabagia.
Practice has been difficult for the team with snow covering Bloomington, forcing the team to work with golfers individually, but they’ve been trying to prepare as they normally would for events, Wallman said.
The team has also simulated competition during practices in order to give the team a competitive mindset, Wallman said.
The team will face Duke University, the College of Charleston and East Carolina University, and others.
“It’s definitely a great opportunity for us to start off the season,” Wallman said. “A really good measuring stick to see where we’re at compared to others.”
The team has leadership from its upperclassmen and balance in the roster, and Wallman said he expects the golfers to have discipline, make good decisions on the course and have a good gameplan.
“It just comes down to the execution factor,” Wallman said. “As we get more reps you know, it’ll get better and better.”