New head coach gives women’s golf a promising future

The Cleveland State University women’s golf team began their season placing third at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational in Youngstown.

The Vikings had three golfers finish top 20 in the event. Senior Sabrina Coffman finished tied for fifth with a 148 (+4), senior Madison Butler finished tied for 15th with a score of 153 (+9), and senior Meg Rossouw finished tied for 18th with a score of 154 (+10).

Cleveland State finished scoring 607 (+31), finishing behind Youngstown State University and the University of Akron.

The Vikings at the Cardinal Classic. Photo courtesy of Viking Athletics

The Vikings also competed at the Ball State Cardinal Classic on Sept. 20 and 21. In that event, the Vikings finished third with a total score of 916 (+52) behind Eastern Michigan University and the University of Akron.

Cleveland State had two players place within the top 10 of the Cardinal Classic, Coffman finished 10th with a score of 227 (+11) and Butler finished tied for eighth with a score of 226 (+10). Rossouw finished tied for 21st with a score of 231 (+15) and sophomore Olivia Swain finished tied for 33rd with a score of 234 (+18). Finally, freshman Alex Jakins finished tied for 50th with 239 (+23), and junior Lexi Knight finished tied for 59th with a score of 242 (+26).

Two third-place finishes mark a strong start to Ryan Williams’ coaching career with the Vikings. Williams, who was named the new head coach of Cleveland State women’s golf in August, spent eight years leading the men’s and women’s golf programs at Adrian College in Michigan.
Williams assisted the golf program at Clarkson University as well.

Before his coaching career, Williams was the captain of the men’s golf team at the University of Rochester from 2009 to 2011, and he made the All-Liberty First Team in 2008 and 2010.

Williams and the Vikings will look to continue their success during the 2021 season. They will return to play at the Golden Grizzlies Invitational, which takes place Sept. 26-27.

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