Natalie Martinson announced on Monday that a pair of her seniors will serve as team captains.GRAND FORKS, N.D. - With just under a week to go before the North Dakota women's golf team begins its 2012-13 season, head coach
Classmates Robin Hutchinson (Detroit Lakes, Minn.) and Shantel Montgomery (Minot, N.D.) will carry that distinquishment throughout the season that begins on Sunday, Sept. 2, with first-round action at the Bobcat Invitational in Bozeman, Mont. For Montgomery, this is her second straight season to serve as a captain.
"Robin had a great season for us a year ago," Martinson said. "She improved as a player and as a person and it was neat to see her step up her leadership on and off the course.
"Shantel will be a captain once again and that just shows you what she means to this team. The players really look up to her and she takes this role seriously."
Hutchinson was named the team's most valuable and most improved player during the summer. Herself and Amanda Fairweather (Maple Valley, Wash.), who was named the team's rookie of the year last season, both competed in 23 rounds to the lead the team.
That duo also owns the top returning stroke averages entering the 2012-13 season.
"Amanda really has a bright future if she continues to work hard," Martinson said. "She is emerging as one of the top golfers on our team. It was fun to watch her game develop last season and I'm excited to see what she can provide for us as we enter the Big Sky."
The team's unsung hero from the 2011-12 season was freshman Mikayla Kromy (Grand Rapids, Minn.). The rising sophomre competed in 20 rounds and posted a top-five finish and a pair of top-10 finishes during her rookie season.
"Mikki put in a lot of work during her first season," Martinson said. "She has the ability to become an impact player for us and she should be a key figure on this team for the next several years."
Martinson's squad will embark on its first season in the Big Sky Conference in 2012-13 and the team will get its first taste of league competition as fellow league member Montana State hosts the season-opening tournament.
Hutchinson, Montgomery to serve as team captains