DENVER – With the conclusion of the SCAC Championship on Tuesday in Blanco, Texas, the Johnson & Wales University women's golf team wrapped up the first season in program history.
The inaugural campaign was filled with growth and improvement for the Wildcats, who competed in eight tournaments throughout the year – two in the fall and six in the spring.
Juniors Shundiin Kauffman (Cortez, CO) and Hannah Marie Perry (Winterville, GA) both played in all eight events for JWU Denver, and both saw their games get better throughout the year despite the inability to practice regularly because of an unusually long winter.
Kauffman led the Wildcats with a season scoring average of 138.75, highlighted by a personal-best round of 112 during a home dual against Regis at CommonGround Golf Club on March 22. Kauffman also led her team at the SCAC Championship with a tournament total of 259, the best two-round score by a Wildcat all spring.
Perry also ended her season on a high note as her championship total of 269 was her lowest 36-hole score all season. Perry's best round as a Wildcat came during a dual against Hood College on March 29 when she shot 115 at Augustine Golf Club in Stafford, Virginia. For the season, Perry averaged a 139.75.
Nava's best round of the spring came March 31 at the Eagle Invitational in Augustine, Virginia when she carded a 131, helping the team to its best tournament total of the season that weekend.
Gonzalez saved her best for last when she wrapped up the SCAC Championship with a 166 in Round 2 at Vaaler Creek Golf Club.
With Year 1 in the books, the JWU Denver women's golf team will aim to expand its roster and hopes to build on the progress it made over the past seven months with the hiring of a new head coach expected soon.