As I sit down to write this blog, it’s hard to decide on what exactly to write. I have so many great memories and emotions from this year and it makes me both sad to know it’s over as well as excited to know what’s ahead for this team. This was an up and down year for us. We won our first tournament of the year at Old Waverly, had our best finish in 20 years at the SEC Championship, finishing T5! Which also included having our freshman Sarah Harris finish 2nd and our junior Liz Breed finish 6th individually! We qualified for the NCAA Regional Championship for a third year in a row, finishing 12th ; that is our best finish since I’ve been at UK. And then Megan Moir became the first Wildcat since 2006 to win the Brad Davis SEC Female Community Service Leader of the Year!
We have also continued to climb in the rankings. We started the year being ranked 43rd by Golfstat and we finished it in 34th! I don’t know when Kentucky Women’s Golf was ranked this high, but I do know that we haven’t been ranked this high since Golfstat began their ranking program in 2002. We also broke another team score average record with a 301.10, improving upon our average of 304.73 from last year. Ashleigh Albrecht also broke the individual
scoring average record from 2007-2008 with her season average of 75.07.
As a coach, I am so very proud for what my team accomplished this year. Although we didn’t reach our end goal of qualifying for the National Championship, we accomplished a great deal of other things. Those things didn’t come easy, nothing ever does. It takes hard work, determination, and the willingness to let yourself be pushed beyond your own comfort zone. This is something that my four seniors, Heather, Megan, Betsie and Ashleigh, have done for the past three years. When I first came to UK in 2010 I had no idea to what kind of team I was walking into; three years later I couldn’t imagine anything else. It has been an unbelievable pleasure to have been their coach and we would not be where we are today if it wasn’t for them. They have been the core of this team and they have all led the team in their own way.
It is difficult to explain exactly how tough it will be for me to see these four players leave our program. However, this is the nature of the job and it is a privilege to be able to coach a student-athlete for four years. Sometimes you are lucky enough to run into players who will touch your life forever, just as these four amazing individuals have done for me. They have challenged me, supported me, but most importantly, they have all believed in me and the direction that I am wanting this program to take.
As sad as I am to see my seniors leave, it is also with excitement that I look ahead to the future of this program. Two strong freshman and our lone junior will be joined by three new freshman in the fall who will help to continue to bring this team to new heights as we work towards competing for SEC and NCAA Championships.
At the end of this year, our Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart gave all of our student-athletes a t-shirt that said “Almost isn’t Good Enough.” It truly speaks to every team and every student-athlete. For us, we’ve had some success this year, but it is important to remember that we are far more capable of anything and can be pushed beyond what we believe is possible. There are great things happening for KWG and I for one cannot wait for August!