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WESLEYAN woMEN'S GOLF 2019-20 SEASON PREVIEW

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The 2019-20 campaign marks the inaugural season for Wesleyan University women’s golf as the Cardinals, led by head coach Jon Wilson, open the fall with the Mount Holyoke Invitational this weekend (9/21-9/22) at the Orchard Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass.

The first year of women’s golf at Wesleyan will feature three returners from last year’s co-ed squad, seniors Emma Mehta and Saadia Naeem, and sophomore Meg Wiley, as well as newcomers Alexis Banquer ’20 and Maggie Curran ’21.

QUOTE FROM HEAD COACH jon wilson

"As we forge into our first varsity season, I am encouraged by the dedication of each golfer to elevate their golf skills. Our three seniors, one junior and one sophomore, will be challenged to practice hard and play fearlessly. The recruiting season has been exciting, with interest from throughout the country and abroad. My focus is to be optimistic with my players and support them in anyway possible!"

RETURNERs

saadia naeem

Photo by Steve McLaughlin

Naeem is the most experienced golfer on the team, as she was a member of the co-ed program the past three seasons. Last year, she competed at the NESCAC Women’s Golf Championship in the fall and finished 25th overall. She also finished 27th at the Williams Spring Invitational with a two-day score of 187 (98-89).

emma mehta

Photo by Steve McLaughlin

Mehta competed for the first time at the collegiate level last season and had an excellent year. She competed at the NESCAC Women’s Golf Championship and placed 24th by carding a 193 (94-99), and also competed at the Williams Fall Invitational and shot a 208 (96-112).

Meg wiley

Photo by Steve McLaughlin

The 2018-19 season was also Wiley’s first, as she competed at the NESCAC Women’s Golf Championship and the Williams Fall Invitational.

newcomers

alexis banquer

  • Hometown: Fairfield, Conn.
  • High School: Kent School

maggie curran

  • Hometown: Needham, Mass.
  • High School: Berkshire School

head coach jon wilson

Jon Wilson was named the first head coach of Wesleyan Women’s Golf last fall and helped with the co-ed program in 2018-19, coaching Mehta, Naeem, and Wiley. He’s currently a PGA professional at Lyman Orchards but has coaching experience as well, having served as an assistant women’s golf coach at Yale University from 1983-to-1987 and as the head coach of the Daniel Hand High School girls’ team in Madison, Conn. Wilson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Cardinals.