The golf program at Mount Holyoke College began in 1977 and is one of the strongest programs in the region. Most team members have been playing for a minimum of three to four years. The College recruits talented, experienced players, who are highly disciplined, eager to learn and willing to work on their game outside of regular practice time. Mount Holyoke qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships in 2007. It was the fourth time in program history that the feat was accomplished (2005, 2004, 1998). The Lyons also have a long tradition of sending individual qualifiers to the NCAA Championships, with ten selections since 1989.
Mount Holyoke's Orchards Golf Club was built in 1922 and designed by renowned golf architect Donald Ross. It was the site of the 2004 United States Women's Open. The College has also hosted the National Championships, State Championships, the United States Golf Association Junior Girls Championship and other tournaments. Mount Holyoke hosts its own invitational each fall and hosted the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships in 2002.
With head coach Tim Walko at the helm, the golf team competes in both the fall and spring. Practice begins during the first week of school, and the fall season lasts as long as weather permits. During the spring season, practice normally gets underway in March, and the competitions run through early May. Mount Holyoke mainly competes against NCAA Division I teams such as Harvard University, Yale University, the College of Holy Cross and the University of Hartford. Typically, the team practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, travels on Friday and plays a tournament over the weekend. Up to ten players practice each week, and five players travel to each event (the best four of five scores are counted for each round).
As a Mount Holyoke scholar-athlete, you are driven to excel in the athletic arena as well as the classroom and laboratory. The discipline, sense of accomplishment, and competitive edge that you bring to your sport resonate through every channel of your intellectual life.
The desire to achieve -- it's all part of the mind-body connection.