Women's Golf team is primed for a good season
By Trevor Gentry
For The Southwestern
Experience. That is the word that ninth year head coach Brad Fleetwood used to describe this year's Southwestern Oklahoma State University Women's Golf team.
Fleetwood is excited about this year's team, and in particular, the amount of quality experience this year's squad brings to the table. There were zero team departures over the off-season, something that Fleetwood thinks will pay dividends this year.
What's the only thing getting in the way of this year's team and a possible deep run into tournament play with an experienced group? COVID-19.
The global pandemic cut last year's season short back in March, and is already having an impact early this season. On last year's season being cut short due to COVID, Fleetwood noted the team was obviously disappointed, however, they were not surprised by the news.
Instead, the women handled the news very well as a team and trained hard in the off-season in preparation for the chance to play this season.
An obstacle Fleetwood had to face was the possibility of his international players not being able to return to Weatherford due to COVID restrictions after returning home during the off-season. Fortunately, as Fleetwood noted, all international girls made it back to school safely, something that he said he was very thankful for.
This year's team is a very nice mix of players. Coach Fleetwood pointed out that he brought in four new recruits in the off-season, two freshmen and two transfers. He added that the transfers bring in quality experience to a young, but experienced team.
Fleetwood also pointed out that this is the largest team he has had in his tenure at SWOSU, as he usually likes to keep the team on the smaller side in terms of numbers. He said the team is well balanced out, and that it is tough to point to just one or two players. He noted, however, that sophomore Zoe Morton from Perthshire, Scotland, and sophomore Rebecca Lau from Puchong, Selangor Malaysia, are two golfers he expects to have big seasons this year.
Fleetwood pointed out that he named Zoe Morton as a key player in large part to her having the team's lowest stroke average a year ago. He said this gave her a lot of confidence as a freshman.
He said he always allows his team to come up with their own goals, both personal and team wide. Fleetwood mentioned that it usually takes him a tournament or two to get a good feel for his team and how he thinks they'll perform throughout the season.
All in all, the 2020-21 SWOSU Women's Golf team is primed for a good season. They are returning quality experience, and have brought in two experienced transfers. What's the only question in flux? Will there be a complete season with the ever-changing nature of COVID-19? If the team is allowed to play out their season, watch for this young, but experienced, group to have a successful season and make a run into post-season tournament play.