Racer women work to fulfill team promise

Front and center on Jackie Van Meter’s Murray State golf bag is her NCAA Regional credential. It’s a reminder every time she plays of what she’s working for.

“I’m really hungry, I got my OVC ring, but I want it all three years,” Van Meter said. “I’m going to work really hard this summer just to get that ring.”

After the NCAA Regionals, the Racers came together and made a promise as a team that they would work as hard as possible to get back to the NCAA Tournament. It’s a promise they all take very seriously.

“I just spend four hours at the golf course every day trying to get the swing back in line,” said Van Meter. “I’m sure the other girls are doing short game and trying to improve before we even get to college again.”

Junior Abbi Stamper says reaching their goals this coming season will be tough. Their leader Delaney Howson has graduated, and on top of that the pressure is on, as they try to repeat as Ohio Valley Conference Champions.

“I think it’s definitely on us this year,” Stamper admitted. “People look at us and they’re out to get us, but I think we just need to stay focused on our goals, and what we have to do to make it to the NCAA, and I think it’ll take care of itself as long as we take care of our game.”

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