Senior golfer Kara Solem is one of ten individuals selected to compete at the NCAA Division III Golf Championships May 9-12 at El Campeon Golf Course in Florida. Solem led Mount Holyoke in nearly every match this year, including a season low of 75 at Wellesley and a two-day tally of 154 (76, 78) for medalist honors at Middlebury last October. MHC advanced to Nationals as a team last year, where Solem placed seventh in the field of 60 golfers to earn All-American status.
"Going to Nationals has been my goal ever since we started in the fall," Solem said. "Though I didn't think about it specifically, it helped me focus my game to set higher and more specific goals. After the experience I had last year at Nationals in North Carolina, I saw that I could compete with the best, so my confidence increased a lot. It means more to me this year because my game has grown a lot over the last four years, paralleling my growth at Mount Holyoke in the classroom and for me as a person."
Solem started playing golf at age 7 but didn't get serious about it until she came to Mount Holyoke. "It is the only game I've played where the balance of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual energy are so tightly connected, and when I'm at that place of balance, I feel like I can do almost anything. So getting the chance to go play one more time is icing on the cake.
Golf coach Shawn Durocher said it has been an amazing run for the golf team. "In 2003, Audry Longo qualified for Nationals and in 2004 and 2005 the team qualified. Now in 2006 Kara qualified. Kara finished in seventh place at last year's National Championship, giving her All-American Honors. Qualifying this year means she deserves that title. Kara is a great person and has worked hard to get where she is with her golf. What a way to go out!"