WAYNE – Following a program restart in the spring of 2021, the Wayne State College women’s golf team is ready for a full season of competition after setting numerous school records and a ninth place finish in the 2021 NSIC Golf Championships.
WSC competed in a handful of spring meets earlier this year and the Wildcat fall schedule will consist of five outings along with the 2022 spring season with the 54-hole NSIC Championships scheduled for April.
Joey Baldwin is entering his second year as head coach for WSC women’s golf. Coach Baldwin said the team kept busy over the summer.
“We had a lot of our girls playing in tournaments back in their home states,” said Baldwin. “A lot of their amateur tournaments and state match-play tournaments and they faired pretty well in those…. So yeah, they’re looking pretty good and looking forward to the season.”
The team continues to work on their short game and not wasting shots on the course.
Three new players include two transfers being Napatsorn “Mekky” Winyarat (Dodge City Community College) who is listed as Wayne State’s Player to Watch and Viktoria Bortkiewicz-Hamelin (Dawson College in Montreal, Canada) along with the Nebraska Class C state champion in 2020 being Boone Central graduate Abbigail Brodersen who’ll all be able to contribute right away.
“Last week we did kind of qualifying so the girls played five rounds of golf,” Baldwin added. “Our top performers were Jazmine Taylor (Omaha), Abbey Kurmel (Okemos, MI) and Mekky Winyarat (Bangkok, Thailand).”
The Wildcat women’s golf team will open the 2021 fall schedule at the Central Region Preview Tournament in Blue Springs, Missouri September 7 and 8. The tournament will offer the best regional teams as the ‘Cats will look to compete with the top talent early in the season.
A new outing this year will feature the Nebraska Invite at the Norfolk Country Club on Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9 as coach Baldwin is looking forward to the event.
“They always have a men’s tournament there but this is going to be the first year of the women’s tournament,” Baldwin mentioned. “Basically, what it is, is they send out invitations to every school in Nebraska that has college golf. So, all the way from Nebraska, Division I schools, Creighton, all the way down to Division II, Division III, NAIA and any Junior Colleges.”
The men’s tournament normally attracts 15-20 teams.
Last spring, the Wayne State College women’s golf stroke average was in the 340s and so far early in the preseason, the team’s stroke average was in the 320s.
Coach Baldwin said WSC will compete in another five tournaments in the spring of 2022.
“We’ll probably go to Phoenix for kind of a spring trip, then we’ll be back down to Kansas City and kind of Warrensburg and play probably in Wichita,” said Baldwin. “Then we’ll be hosting our tournament again kind of mid-April and then after that we have the conference tournament.”
Other fall 2021 meets include the Golden Bear Classic (September 20 – 21); Mustang Invite (September 25 – 26) and Midwest Classic (October 18 – 19).