The Loyola women’s golf team wrapped up its 2018 fall campaign Oct. 16 at the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Preview in Chesterton, Indiana, finishing in seventh out of nine teams. The Ramblers competed in five tournaments this fall, finishing as high as tied for first out of 12 teams at the Golden Grizzlies Invitational Sept. 24-25. Their finish at the MVC Preview was their worst of the fall.
Senior Elayna Bowser, sophomore Abbey Meyers and first-year Jenny Myslinski were the only golfers to participate in all five events this fall. Bowser, who led the team with a 74.5 stroke average and a low-round of 70, finished second individually at the MVC Preview. She said she liked where the team was at the end of the season compared to the beginning.
“From the start, it was [more about] learning because we were a younger team, but by the end of the season we proved that we can compete against the top schools in the [MVC],” Bowser said. “On our last day of [the] Preview, we were the second-lowest team total, and that shows that if we can compete against the top schools for one day, then we can do it for two. It’s just a matter of putting all three rounds together.”
In her first year as head coach, Carly Werwie said she’s been thrilled with the team’s mindset and perseverance over the course of the fall season.
“This team is definitely determined and I never saw them give up, even during times where we didn’t play as good,” Werwie said. “We worked a lot on our mental game and trying to stay present with things and not let our emotions overtake us, and I think that’s one thing coming into the spring that they’ll do a really good job with.”
The team will pick things up in the spring when they travel to Florida Feb. 4-5 for the Motor City Cup. Until then, Werwie said she’ll have her players working with Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) to help stay in playing shape. TPI was founded in 2003 and aims to help players improve their game using science and technology.
“I became certified in [TPI] last year, so that’s going to be coupled with the workouts that we do with our trainer here,” Werwie said. “We’ll do a little bit of mental game strategy practices and work on our short game and hitting during the winter. Nothing crazy, but enough where they’ll definitely be putting in some good time and I feel they’ll be ready for the spring.”
Myslinski said she’s focused on doing well within the conference next spring and stressed the importance of staying positive throughout the season. She finished the fall with an 81.7 stroke average and a low round of 75.
“We’re going out of state a bunch [next spring] and I think we just really want to focus on getting top five in some tournaments,” Myslinski said. “We just had our conference preview and we really want to do well in the conference. I think our team is really good, too, so I think that in the spring, we can definitely do a little better, in my opinion.”
Bowser, who said she was coming into the season with a newfound sense of confidence after qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Amateur this past summer, was happy with how she performed this fall. She said finishing at the top of the MVC is what’s driving her heading into next year.
“We have some good chances to win some tournaments coming up,” Bowser said. “[We want] to keep on improving, throughout the fall each [tournament] we got better, so just continuing to improve throughout the spring too. I was happy with how I finished out. I definitely achieved a lot of my goals but my ultimate goal is to win the conference in the spring so I’m just going to keep working to accomplish that.”