"I'm very fortunate to have two leaders on our team this year in Jenn Whaley and Jen Forlenza," O'Connor said. "Both golfers continue to work hard on their game and excel in the classroom. They are respected by the rest of the team and lead unselfishly. Our program will continue to grow if we can continue to attract student athletes like the two of them."
Forlenza is in her fourth year as a member of Quinnipiac's women's golf team, and the only student-athlete on this season's roster to play on the first team in 2010-11. In six tournaments this fall, Forlenza averaged an 88.23 per 18-hole round. Her top finish came on the first day of the Dartmouth Invitational on Sept. 14 when she carded a career-best 81 before finishing the 36-hole tournament with a personal best 170 for the weekend. It was also the fourth lowest scored this fall among all Quinnipiac golfers.
Forlenza has shown great improvement over her four years in Hamden, shaving more than 12 strokes off her 18-hole average from her freshman year to date. In 2010-11, in the program's first season, she averaged a 100.60 in six tournaments. As a sophomore in 2011-12, she averaged a 97.04 across 11 tournaments. Last season, she sat at 93.63 in four tournaments, while this past fall proved to be her most successful yet.
Whaley is currently in her second season at Quinnipiac and was honored with co-captain honors after a promising freshman campaign that saw her post a 84.26 average in 12 tournaments in 2012-13. Last season, she set the program single-season record with 20 birdies, and currently sits on 12 this year, for 32 for her career. She also had the program's first eagle, and owns three of the top-10 18-hole rounds in program history. She also owns two of the top five 36-hole tournament scores as well as two of the top five 54-hole tournament scores.
This season, Whaley's best round came at the Dartmouth Invitational when she shot a 74 on the first day, following by a 76 on the second day to finish 11th out of 63 with a 150. She also finished 16th out of 65 at the St. John's Invitational with a two-day 162 (80-82).
Quinnipiac's spring season kicks-off on Mar. 30-31 when they travel to Morganton, N.C. to compete in the Appalachian State Intercollegiate Touranment at Mimosa Hills Country Club.