Women's Golf Squad Earns WGCA Mark Laesch Award

A team photo of the York College women's golf team after earning the Capital Athletic Conference championship in Newport News, Virginia in late April.
Photo courtesy of the Capital Ahtletic Conference

YORK, PA – The Capital Athletic Conference champion York College women's golf squad was honored by the Women's Golf Coaches Association with the third annual Mark Laesch Award. The award recognizes three NCAA teams based on improvement in adjusted stroke average per individual round from the 2017-18 season to the 2018-19 campaign.

The Spartans were the Division III representative as they improved their adjusted stroke average against par by a whooping 49.94 strokes per round. The Spartans' adjusted stroke average against par was 89.87 last year and 39.93 during their championship campaign.

Spartan head coach David Boslough was excited to see his team honored for their improved play.

"It is a great honor to receive the Mark Laesch Award," said Boslough. "Our team's improvements from our programs first to our second season was very impressive. It was a pleasure to witness the hard work and intensity that our women brought to practice every day. Every returner improved their scoring average from their first to second year and our freshman class finished the season as the top ranked freshman class on Golfstat. I couldn't be more proud of the season that our women had last year."

The Spartans averaged 378.59 in their first varsity season in 2017-18. The Green and White turned in an average of 326.63 this season as they captured their first-ever Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship.

Freshmen Anna Moore and Jordan Koller led the way for the Green and White during the year. Moore finished second at the CAC championships and was named the CAC Rookie of the Year. Koller was right behind her teammate in third place at the conference championships. Moore finished the year with a stroke average of 81.11 strokes per round in her 19 rounds for the year. Moore had three top five finishes and eight top tens in her nine tournaments played.

Koller led the team in stroke average as she notched an average of 80.26 strokes per round. Koller won the Green Turtle Invitational in October while she also had five top fives and seven top tens during her first collegiate golf season.

Freshman Shelby Tapman filled out the third spot in the Spartan lineup as she averaged 82.24 strokes per 18 holes. Sophomore Emma Harding dropped her scoring average by over four strokes per round as she finished her second year in the Green and White with an average of 84.37. Sophomore Lindsey Bonner was another returner who played in 13 tournaments. Bonner improved her scoring average by over 14 strokes per round as she finished at 86.0 at the end of the year.

The Spartans earned four tournament championships during the year. They won the Green Turtle Invitational (Oct. 6-7), the Revolutionary College Classic (Oct. 13-14), the Spartan Invitational (Apr. 6-7), and the CAC Championship (Apr. 18-20). York now has six tournament championships in their two-year history as a varsity program.

Boslough is slated to return almost the entire roster in addition to a highly touted recruiting class for the Spartans' last year in the Capital Athletic Conference. York will move into the Middle Atlantic Conference on July 1, 2020.