Women’s golf set for MAC Championship

By Sam Bauman

The women’s golf team will look to finish its season with a strong showing at the 2013 MAC Championship.

This year’s tournament is being hosted by Ohio University at the Longaberger Country Club in Nashport, Ohio.

Head coach Kim Kester realizes Kent State is the top dog going into this weekend.

“They’re one of the best,” Kester said. “For 10-plus years they’ve always been the team to beat. Hopefully they get upset this year.”

Kent State started its women’s golf program 14 years ago, and every single year it has gone on to win the MAC Championship. Kent State’s smallest margin of victory was by 12 strokes in 2011, but it also has boasted a win by 66 strokes back in 2002. With Kent State’s dominance it would be hard to see a potential upset. Senior Allie Parthie believes winning the MAC Championship would be an unexpected occurrence.

“Winning as a team would be miraculous,” Parthie said. “We aren’t favored to win by any means. We have a new coach who’s looking to turn the program around, so a win would be tremendous.”

If the Huskies want to pull off the upset they need every player to step up their game. Four out of their five starters have all had a top-10 individual finish this season, and they will need similar performances to pull off the victory.

Parthie, who has four top-five finishes this season, has been consistently good for the Huskies. Another important Huskie will be junior Jenny Niemiec, who has placed in the top 15 in every single tournament this spring. The yearlong performance of Parthie and the spring game of Niemiec have been crucial for the Huskies to place well.

A victory will take more than Parthie and Niemiec, though. If the Huskies want to win they must have at least four solid performances. From one to five, every girl will need to step her game up to another level.

“It would mean a great deal to win,” Kester said. “For one you upset a great school, and it gets you into the NCAA Regionals. We want to win every single tournament, but the MAC is by far the most important one. It would mean a great deal to get a win there.”