Molly Williams CFNN Golf Reporter

The Cape Fear women’s golf team is driving their way into success this season. On Monday afternoon, the ladies took their third win of the season at their PAC 9 conference match at Anderson Creek Golf Course. With a team score of 270, the ladies are going into their next match with high hopes and lots of confidence. 

The big wins have come with hard work and commitment. 

“The team has been working hard on our fundamentals on a daily basis. We’ve been getting out there in the summer a couple times a week and working on our game,” said Coach Todd Edge. 

Edge has been the coach for the women’s golf program at Cape Fear for 10 years. “They didn’t have a program, so we started one,” said Edge. Since then, Edge has seen many successful seasons with the team. 

The team has placed first in all three matches they’ve had this season. Toni Blackwell, a senior, has been a requisite for success on the green. She has scored the lowest in all of the matches, including Monday’s, where she scored a 79 to win medalist honors. 

“It’s exciting to be the leader on the team this year. I just try to work hard and stay focused,” said Blackwell, three time ‘Player of the Year’ for women’s golf. She is committed to play at UNCP. 

“As long as I keep my game consistent, this will be my fourth year accomplishing player of the year if I receive it.” 

Even though the golf team will be losing a key player after this year, other players on the team have stepped up and shown out on the courses. 

“Gabby Bynum, a junior, is the third best player in the conference right now, and I see her moving up to the number one next year, seeing as both people in front of her are seniors,” said Edge. 

“Being a leader on the team has added pressure on me. I feel like I’m being held to a certain standard to do good for the school that I didn’t feel as an underclassman.” Bymum said. 

Edge also mentioned, “Lexi Perez is also going to be up there. She’s playing well as a freshman.”

“It’s really fun to play a varsity sport as a freshman, it adds pressure on you, and makes you work harder to be better,” said Perez. “I don’t really get nervous playing, I try and find ways to take it out before I get on the green.” 

This season is looking good for the team. The Colts’ next match is on Monday, September 23 at Highland Country Club, hosted by Terry Sanford.