Mount Holyoke Lyons golf
The Mount Holyoke College Girls' Golf Team was founded in 1977 and is one of the most well-known golf programs in the New England region. In 2007, Mount Holyoke qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships, which marks the fourth time the program has accomplished this goal. The team additionally has a long-standing tradition of sending numerous individual qualifiers to the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Mount Holyoke College competes against NCAA Division I teams such as Harvard University, Yale University, College of the Holy Cross, and the University of Hartford.
Orchards Golf Course
A legendary architect by the name of Donald Ross designed The Orchards Golf Course in 1922. Ross is considered one of America's most talented golf course architects and was also a professional golfer, club manufacturer, and groundskeeper. Located on the northern edge of campus, this iconic, 160-acre (0.65 km2) course is currently operated by the Arnold Palmer management company. According to Travel + Leisure, the Orchards made the Top Ten College Courses list. Orchards was also the location for the 2004 U.S. Women's Open.
Coaching and Schedule
The team is currently coached by Tim Wakko. The team competes during the fall and spring seasons. Fall practice starts in the first week of school and lasts as long as the weather permits. Spring season begins in March and runs through May. The team practices every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and travels on Fridays for weekend tournaments.
Mount Holyoke recruits experienced, dedicated golfers who practice a high level of sportsmanship, discipline and eagerness to master the game. Many team members have been playing golf for a minimum of three to four years. Golfers must be willing to focus and spend significant time on their game outside of normal practice hours.
- Mount Holyoke Golf Overview intro
- Rizzi, Jon (2001-01-01). "The Top Ten College Courses". Travel and Leisure Magazine. p. 3.
- "2004 U.S. Women's Open Puts Orchards at Center Stage". Mount Holyoke College Street Journal. 2001-08-27. p. 1.