Looking to soar

Aaron Resnick

While they only won one tournament last season, the FAU women’s golf team should be on the rise this year.

The Lady Owls are hoping to change their fortunes, as they have seven returning players. Leading the way for the team will likely be sophomore Maryline Cadieux from Quebec. As a freshman last season, Cadieux led the Owls in scoring with a score average of 77.7 that was good for a top-20 score in the Sun Belt Conference.

That isn’t enough for Cadieux, as she is hoping to improve this season.

“My goals are getting my driver straighter and hitting further,” said Cadieux.

Cadieux put in hard work this offseason, participating in five tournaments. In one of those, the Canadian Amateur Championship, she represented Quebec.

One thing that Cadieux and the rest of the Owls will need to work on this season is their short game. Head coach Joan Joyce and Cadieux both felt this was an issue from last year that needs to be addressed in order to save strokes in tournament play.

Joyce has developed a system, however, that could improve this aspect of the game.

“I gave them a putting system, and I believe the only way you can make putts is having the speed of the greens,” said Joyce.

Along with the new system, the Owls are hoping to have players make a big impact on the course as well.

Senior Jennifer Norton was the team’s highest finisher in two events last season, and junior Anna Wiklund was the team’s highest finisher at the Sun Belt Conference Championships.

Having those players return with another year of experience under their belts should make the Owls more competitive this year as they strive to be the team to beat in the Sun Belt.