Sackville expected to shine in senior season

Ashlee Boers

Monmouth College women's golf could have some surprises this year.

If pre-season practice rounds are any indication, the Monmouth College women's golf team could make a run at its first Midwest Conference title since Molly McNamara was part of the Fighting Scots 2002 championship team. She is now the coach.

Junior Lynsey Barnard ( Pekin) was the surprise of the MWC Championships last fall, playing in only one meet prior to the 72-hole conference tournament. Barnard's 10th place finish made her the first all-conference Scot since Kacie Parge earned the honor in 2004.

McNamara also expects good things from the squad's two seniors - Jessica Sackville (Aledo) and Heidi Hartshorn (Roscoe). The two veterans should be among the scoring groups in most meets.

Hartshorn has added distance off the tee which McNamara reports has improved her confidence. Sackville, meanwhile, is described as a long hitter off the tee with a good stroke.

"I expect Heidi and Jessica to use their experience to have good senior seasons," said McNamara. "Both have been very consistent in practice and are showing a lot of confidence in their ability."