The 2012-13 season is the inaugural campaign for the Washington and Lee women's golf team. The Generals feature a full roster after taking part in two tournaments as a development varsity squad last spring.
"The excitement level is at an all-time high for the players and coaches alike," noted second-year Head Coach Pete Gyscek. "Each of these ladies is committed to being the trailblazers for this program and upon their arrival, they have not let down a bit. They are what they said they would be."
The Generals are among several new programs around the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, which will sponsor a first-ever women's golf championship this spring.
"During this first season we are not only trying to play a competitive schedule, but also a schedule that is beneficial to the other teams in our new women's golf conference," said Gyscek. "As the conference grows, it is important that each team competes against each other to improve the play around the conference. The conference championship will be a culmination of all our efforts."
Though short on depth, the Generals will feature a talented lineup in their first season led by newcomers Sara Moir and Rachael Wright, both of whom hail from the Roanoke Valley. Moir attended Hidden Valley High School, while Wright is a graduate of the North Cross School.
"They are very familiar with one another and both are talented golfers," said Gyscek. "They come from the same club with the same instructor and they've played a lot of junior golf together. We are happy to have them here working as a team."
Sophomore Elise Petracca is the team's lone carry-over from the developmental squad last spring and is looking forward to carrying the team forward.
"Elise worked hard on her game over the summer and we're looking forward to her carrying on that development," Gyscek noted. "She had a great attitude and is a good learner."
First-years Lydia Barrett and Nicole Kasica round out the five-player lineup for W&L. Barrett is a native of Bermuda, while Kasica hails from Greensboro, N.C.
"Lydia and Nicole have also been working hard on their game and I'm looking forward to them making an impact in our lineup," commented Gyscek.
The Generals' first season will feature a solid schedule that will keep them close to home throughout the fall season. They will take on a Division I field at the Radford Invitational on September 23 and will host their own Invitational at the Lexington Golf & Country Club on October 1-2. The fall slate will culminate with a trip to the Pat Clouse Invitational hosted by Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio in mid-October.
"These ladies have proven to be very strong in their commitment to pioneering this program and will certainly leave their mark for future teams that come after them," said Gyscek.
It all gets started this Saturday with the historic first event, the Hollins Invitational held at Ashley Plantation in Daleville, Va.