Fee to coach women’s golf

Photo Credit: Megan Schoeneweis

Photo Credit: Megan Schoeneweis

Megan Schoeneweis 

Staff Writer / Photo Editor 

 

Geneva College will welcome a new women’s team to their athletic department in the fall of 2019: Women’s Golf. Andrew Fee, the director of athletic operations and the associate head softball coach, has assumed the role of head coach.  

The Geneva women’s golf team will be competing in the President’s Athletic Conference (PAC) during fall 2019 and spring 2020. Their home course is at the Connoquenessing Country Club, and their tournaments will take place on the weekends. A typical roster consists of eight to ten individuals, and the team has already obtained five commits. 

The Geneva athletic department added golf as a women’s sport for multiple reasons. First, the director of athletics thought that golf fit well into the mission of Geneva. Second, the athletic department believed that student athletes involved in golf would be attracted to an institution like Geneva. Third, the PAC needed another women’s golf team in order to keep their national bid to the National College Athletic Associate (NCAA) tournament. 

Fee took this position as head coach knowing that he would face several challenges. As a new team, Fee foresees a rocky beginning as they face several “unknowns”. Uncertainties revolve around the central question of how the college should cultivate a new team from scratch. Unlike the men’s volleyball team, which was recently added to the department last semester, golf did not originate as a club sport.  

Speaking to the challenges facing him, Fee said, “It’s going to be tough but we’re going to start slow. A lot of schools don’t play matches, just tournaments, so we’re going to try to start with more matches so then we can get our feet wet, and then jump into tournaments… the vision is to grow… and to have a really diverse team from different parts of the country, different ethnicity’s and races.”  

Fee remains hopeful for the future of golf at the college and is excited for the sport to commence.