Athletics: Women's Golf
The Muhlenberg College women's golf team was born in the summer of 1999 and began competition that fall. Women's golf became the 21st varsity sport at Muhlenberg and the first to be added since 1991.
It didn't take long for the Mules to make their mark, as they won the Centennial Conference championship in only their second year of existence. In a two-day tournament at Eagles Landing Golf Club in Berlin, Md., Muhlenberg opened up a 17-stroke lead over Gettysburg after the first round and hung on to win by 12.
A second conference title came in 2007, when Muhlenberg knocked off five-time defending champion McDaniel by 30 strokes. That year's team featured the first CC player of the year in program history.
Muhlenberg claimed its first regular-season tournament title when it won the Dickinson Invitational in 2005.
Although the official competitive season is in the spring, golf is a year-round sport at Muhlenberg. The team is organized in the fall and competes in several multi-team invitational tournaments.
The spring schedule consists of invitational tournaments, where the Mules frequently compete against Division I and II golfers, leading up to the Centennial Conference Championships, played the last weekend in April. Muhlenberg hosted the CC Championships in 2008 and 2009.
The team can practice year-round, even in bad weather, thanks to a simulator installed on campus in 2011. For more on the simulator, click here.
In its short history, the Muhlenberg women's golf program has received significant contributions from players with little or no prior experience.
Muhlenberg's home course is Lehigh Country Club (right), which, with its outstanding practice facilities and beautiful 18-hole course, is one of the premier clubs in the Mid-Atlantic area. Each spring, the Mules host a tournament at Lehigh C.C., which has been ranked one of the top 100 classical courses in the country by Golf Digest.
Following the 2006 season, Muhlenberg made its first international trip, flying to Ireland for six days of sightseeing and golf at courses that included Ballybunion (consistently ranked among the top 10 courses in the world) and St. Margaret's (host of the Women's Irish Open).