By Meredith Cook
Special to goholycross.com
The 2010-2011 Holy Cross women's golf team will turn to its senior leadership as the basis for a successful campaign. Eight seniors make up a large part of the team's roster, with two-time team captains Meghan Doherty (Westerly, R.I.) and Johanna Gavin (Hackettstown, N.J.) coming back with the experience and wisdom to propel their team to top performances.
Doherty and Gavin return to lead the squad for the second-consecutive year as both played in every round last season. Doherty led the team with an 83.4 stokes average while Gavin finished with an 88.0 average. Doherty also earned the opportunity to play with the men's team twice last season, an experience head coach Bob Molt, in his 36th season, believes as "one of the most unique opportunities in the country. Meghan continues to grow as a golfer and I know she is ready to have her best year yet."
Also adding to the senior experience is Kerrin O'Leary (Milton, Mass.) who also played in every tournament last season. She averaged 91.9 strokes, tabbing a low round of 86 twice. "The three senior starters have been staples since they arrived on campus," said Molt. "I know that they will work and practice not just individually, but together as well to bring our team to new heights." Rounding out the senior class will be Annie Brown (Manchester, Mass.), Sarah Dyer (Phoenix, Md.), Jennifer Finger (Mount Vernon, N.Y.), Jennifer Larsen (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Megan McCarthy (Beverly, Mass.).
Junior Ellie Deluca (New Canaan, Conn.) is prepared to improve on a solid sophomore season, as she returns as one of the team's major tournament players as well. Last season, Deluca tallied the second lowest strokes average on the team, 86.9. She played in all 14 rounds as well, marking a career-low round of 81 at the Big South Championship. "Ellie is extremely talented," said Molt. "She has definitely continued to grow and will help us lead the younger parts of our roster." Sophomore Kelly Reagan (Mendota Heights, Minn.) comes back for a strong sophomore campaign as well, as she finished as the top newcomer last season. In 12 rounds played, Reagan recorded a strokes average of 93.2, notching her best performance at the Williams Spring Invite where she tallied her season low-round of 85.
Completing the 2010-2011 roster will be juniors Madison Horl (Garden City, N.Y.) and Lauren McCarthy (Beverly, Mass.), sophomores Kimmi Cheung (Weymouth, Mass.) and the lone freshman Mary Beckerman (Avon, Conn.). Beckerman joins the team after becoming the first female golfer to earn All-Conference and All-State honors from her high school, Northwest Catholic. "My roster is filled with a lot of gifted and dedicated women," said Molt. "Knowing that golf is a prime individual sport, I have no doubt that all of these girls will work their hardest to compete and be the best golfers they can."
Holy Cross opens their fall slate at the Dartmouth Invitational in Hanover, N.H. (Sept. 18-19). A week later the team participates in the Mount Holyoke Invitational (Sept. 25-26) in South Hadley, Mass. The team continues action at the ECAC Championship (Oct. 3-4) and then finishes the fall portion of the schedule at the Sacred Heart Fall Classic (Oct. 24-25) in Milford, Conn. The spring slate will be announced at a later date.