After a whirlwind hire last year, Augusta State coach Laura Coble said she's starting to settle into her job.
The administrative items on her agenda have become easier. Working for the state, a first for Coble, is becoming routine.
"I'm getting better," she said. "I'm feeling a lot more comfortable."
Her team itself should feel cozy. Augusta State, which begins play Monday in the Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup, returns four of five starters off last year's squad.
The Lady Jaguars will play four fall events, including their own tournament, Oct. 13-14, at Forest Hills Golf Club.
Augusta State has shined in the fall the past three seasons. The Lady Jaguars won their first-ever tournament in fall 2004. A year later, the team won three consecutive events. Even last year, with the departure of their top two scorers (Garret Phillips and Lauren Smith), Augusta State found success.
The Lady Jaguars posted five top-five finishes last fall, including three second-place showings. But the Lady Jaguars failed to ride that momentum in the spring with finishes of seventh, 15th, 18th and 16th.
Augusta State also did not come close to posting a round at even-par 288 or better in the spring. After carding a team-low 286 in the fall, the Lady Jaguars failed to crack 300 in any spring event.
"I think the girls were disappointed with the spring," Coble said. "We had a pretty good fall. But we just started playing poorly, lost some momentum. Sometimes that's just how golf is. It's a funny game."
Coble added just one player to her seven-player roster in the off-season. That she added just one player signifies the belief she has in players, including senior Kristen Bragg, juniors Emilie Geury and Anna Lindeborg, sophomores Tamara Luccioli and Sarah Mooney and redshirt freshman Lindsey Wilson.
"I do have a lot of faith in this squad," Coble said. "They have been working hard. I'm real proud that they're dedicated in the classroom and on the golf course."
Mary Betancourt, a junior transfer from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, is expected to provide a lift.
Reach Chris Gay at (706) 823-3645 or firstname.lastname@example.org.