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Women Look to Contend for Title
As an honors student in chemistry at Muhlenberg, Kristen Amore has spent the last four years studying how catalysts can produce desired results. She also has been the top player on the women’s golf team, which added a catalyst that could lead the Mules to a championship season.

Muhlenberg, which is scheduled to host a 10-team tournament tomorrow, finished second at the Centennial Conference Championships last year. All five players who represented the Mules at the CC Championships are back,
Sarah Ivosevich
Ivosevich was the third Mule finisher at the 2006 CC Championships, coming in 13th overall.
and they are joined by freshman Kimberly Snyder, who has already established herself as the most accomplished player in the short history of the program.

In winning three tournaments (two in the fall and one in the spring), Snyder has averaged 79.5 strokes, breaking the school record for lowest round three times.

“It’s going to be a nice change [not being the top player],” said Amore with a laugh. “You can tell what type of player Kimberly is by the way she carries herself; she means business. She’s going to be a great addition to us in the short term and the long term.“

Amore and junior Dana Lynn Bielecki gave the team a solid 1-2 punch last year. Amore finished third and Bielecki tied for fourth at the CC Championships, with the latter shooting a tournament-low 87 in the second round.

Three other seniors, Sarah Ivosevich, Lauren Schram and Laura Fazio, will be among the team’s other key players. Ivosevich and Schram were newcomers to the squad last year, and Fazio played a number of rounds her freshman and sophomore seasons.

“There’s going to be more competition for spots this year, so everyone else is going to have to step up their game,” remarked Amore.

The Mules’ schedule is a combination of team events and tournaments that Snyder will compete in as an individual in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. The team’s primary focus will be winning its first CC title since 2001.

“We have the potential to put up some really good numbers this year,” said Amore. “When you think about it, our low score was always in the 80s, and now it will be in the 70s. That’s a huge difference.”

It’s all about the math (and the chemistry).

Making the 10-hour drive to Myrtle Beach in a 12-passenger van for their Spring Break week of training forced the members of the Muhlenberg men’s golf team to get to know each other very well. Now they hope
Bill Snow
Snow finished ninth at the CC Championships last year.
their scores in the upcoming season get as close.

The Mules are scheduled to open the spring part of their schedule at the Lebanon Valley Spring Tournament tomorrow.

Muhlenberg competed in seven tournaments in the fall, finishing second at its own invitational and third at NYU. Five Mules shot in the 70s during the fall, but all but one of those players also had a round of 85 or higher.

“We’re really trying to be more consistent,” said junior Garrett Carpenter, who cited his own scores at NYU (77 in the first round, 86 in the second) as an example. “We need all our guys to shoot in the 70s. Anything in the high 80s – that’s not going to win.”

The Mules worked hard between seasons working on consistency in ball striking and the short game and, according to Carpenter, they showed significant improvement in their games at Myrtle Beach.

Improvement is a good sign for a team as young as Muhlenberg’s. Of its top five players in the fall, two are sophomores and two others are freshman. Newcomer Biff Slocum led the team with a 77.9 stroke average, shooting in the 70s in all but one round. Freshman Chris Trapp and sophomore Bill Snow each averaged 80.4, and sophomore Geoffrey Kelleman came in at 81.6.

Carpenter led the Mules with an 82.1 average last year and lowered that mark to 80.8 in the fall.

After opening the spring at Lebanon Valley, Muhlenberg doesn’t compete again for 10 days, then has the bulk of its season in a stretch of two-and-a-half weeks. The Mules play in multiple-round tournaments three straight weekends, culminating in the Centennial Conference Championships the last weekend of April.

“I like that it’s all bunched up,” said Carpenter. “Playing in tournaments back to back is beneficial. You get in a rhythm and you don’t have to wait to play.”

The team hopes that rhythm – and consistency – leads to an improvement on its fifth-place CC finish of last year.

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Last updated April 1, 2007