Both the Georgetown University men’s and women’s golf teams are in action this weekend, with the men off to the Renaissance Invitational in Fort Myers, Fla, and the women traveling to State College, Pa. for the Nittany Lion Invitational.
The men will travel to the Sunshine State looking to bounce back after a disappointing last place finish at the Gridiron Classic last weekend. Although the Hoyas struggled in the tournament hosted by Notre Dame, there were positive signs that could translate into a solid performance this weekend. Freshman Greg Podufal led the way for the Blue and Gray last weekend, with a performance that earned him 31st out of around 100 players. Podufal is certainly a player to watch this weekend, especially after posting an even-par-70 in the first round last weekend.
Aside from Podufal, senior captains Brian Dorfman and Taylor Hall continue to play well. Dorfman started strong last weekend, but faltered in the stretch, while Hall hovered around a 10-over-par score in both rounds of play at the Gridiron Invitational.
The women’s squad enters play at the Nittany Lion Invitational coming off of a good effort last weekend at the Badger Invitational, where the Blue and Gray placed fourth out of nine teams. Although none of Hoyas broke into the top ten, sophomore Alice Choi, freshman Isabella Galantino and senior Eunae Jo all tied for 13th place.
“Alice Choi had her personal best,” women’s Head Coach Katie Brophy said. “We were only one shot of second [place] out of the first round. It was really encouraging for the team.”
Brophy hopes to continue the success from Wisconsin at the Nittany Lion Invitational this weekend and, despite seemingly having all the pieces of the puzzle in place, the Blue and Gray are tweaking their lineup for the weekend.
“Looking forward to Penn State, we’ve got a different lineup,” Brophy said, “It’ll be exciting to see [freshman] Alex Douglas play in the line-up. Overall, it’s a really good group we’re bringing. Everyone’s had a lot of good periods of success on nine-holes, 18-holes. We’re hoping that comes together well.”
The Hoyas certainly need it to come together well, as the competition awaiting them at Penn State, including several Ivy League schools, will not be easy.
“This is a good event,” Brophy said, “It’s probably the best event that we will have played this year, at least thus far.”
As the men and women prepare for their tournaments they must try to improve upon faults in last weekend’s performance while resting up. With only a week in between tournaments, this turnaround has been particularly difficult.
“During the time that we’ve had, we’ve really tried to rest up,” Brophy said, “[but also] we’re going to work on starting better and converting more putts. But there’s not much we can do in two days. It’s a tough turnaround.”
The women begin play in State College, Pa. on Friday, and the men start Sunday in Fort Myers, Fla.