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Women’s Golf Team Setting Records

Junior golf player Madison Chesnutt competes in the Cardinal Classic.

Photo credit: Aaron Suozzi

Junior golf player Madison Chesnutt competes in the Cardinal Classic.
Written by: Communicator StaffOctober 28, 2016

IPFW women’s golf team has set numerous program records this season with their new head coach.

The team welcomed in their new head coach, Matt Zedrick, in August 2015, according to gomastodons.com.

Zedrick holds his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Illinois State and his master’s degree in adult education from Marshall. He also coached men’s golf at Garden City Community College and the First Tee of Greater Miami Valley Golf.

Junior golf player Madison Chesnutt said Zedrick is much different than the coaches she has had in the past.

“He places a major focus on positivity and embracing every situation with a positive and grateful attitude,” Chesnutt said.

She believes this change in coaching and outlook is what has been helping the team improve this season.

The team’s season began with this attitude Sept. 12-13 at the Drake Creek Invitational, where IPFW placed ninth out of 12.

The team then finished with a score of 956 at the Cardinal Classic on Sept. 19-20, which was the lowest team score for a 54-hole event in program history.

Senior athlete Candi Keller set an individual record with a score of 236. This was the third lowest score by a Mastodon golfer and tied for the lowest 54-hole score by a Fort Wayne senior.

Madison Chesnutt and Abigail Carlsen each shot a score of 77 on the final day, which tied for the third lowest third-round score in program history. Chesnutt’s 54-hole score was the second lowest for an IPFW junior, and Carlsen’s was the lowest for a sophomore.

Chesnutt credits these achievements to a shift of focus within the golf program.

To work on creating this new positive focus, Zedrick recently had the team read the book “Energy Bus”, which discusses 10 ways to approach life and work with positivity.

“My outlook on the entire game of golf is completely different now,” Chesnutt said. “It is a big adjustment but a good different.”

The team also focuses a great deal on “togetherness,” which is the support and trust the players share, Chesnutt said.

She said the team’s new outlook does not only affect the way they play but also how they practice.

“It can get super frustrating and can spiral down. Being positive has helped me and the entire team,” Chesnutt said.

According to Chestnut, the team looks at their statistics to indicate what they need to work on. The athletes use every experience as an opportunity to learn.

Even though the team did not win at Ball state, Chesnutt chose this as her most memorable game of the season thus far because it motivated the team to work harder.

“It got us excited for records we can break in the future,” she said.

    The next chance the women’s golf team will have to break more records is not until Feb. 13-14. They will be competing in the Women’s Mid American Match Play Challenge at Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.