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Wesleyan golfers look to make noise

August 29, 2012
By Jesse Skiles - Sports Correspondent , The Inter-Mountain

BUCKHANNON - West Virginia Wesleyan's women's golf team has made some major strides in recent seasons, and last year's squad posted an impressive third-place finish in the WVIAC.

With this year serving as the last year of the storied 89-year old league, Bobcat head coach Mike Rogers would love to make a run at the top spot as a grand finale. A veteran of the local golf community, Rogers feels his squad is strong enough to make a strong showing this fall.

"I think our chances of bringing home a conference championship are as good or better than last season," Rogers said. "It will take our best effort but this is the final season of the WVIAC as we know it and winning that championship would be a great experience."

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Leading the way among the returnees are two of the players who have been a major part of the program's resurgence. This is Brittany Borkovich and Haley Bishop.

Borkovich was a major cog in the team rolling to a 42-26 mark last season. She missed parts of the campaign due to shoulder surgery, but battled enough o earn Second-Team All-Conference honors.

Joining the Borkovich and Bishop as major threats, are transfers Jennifer Smith and Kayla Linger. Smith, a native of St. Peterborough, Ontario, brings a wealth of talent and experience to the table.

She has already earned three all-conference plaques at Ohio Valley University and is transferring in for her final year of eligibility.

Also transferring from Ohio Valley is local product Kayla Linger. The former multi-sport star for Buckhannon-Upshur, Linger played golf in the fall for OVU and softball in the spring. This pair helps provide Rogers with a very potent lineup every time they tee off.

"Brittany, Kayla, and Jennifer all have the ability to win the individual title at any event we play," Rogers said. "Which is something that we have not had in the past."

The Lady Bobcats open the season at the Fairmont State Lady Falcon Invitational at Sunny Croft Golf Club in Clarksburg on Sept. 9.



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