By Jennifer Jory / Fresno State Athletics Communications
The Fresno State Women's Golf team is getting ready for their 2010-11 season. The student-athletes compete all year long for this sport and have to stay in top shape to do so.
"When we are at a tournament we can spend up to 11 hours a day at the golf course, so it is important for the girls to be physically fit," said Head Coach Angie Cates.
A normal tournament consists of the team spending the first day playing 18 holes to warm up for the competition days. The ladies then play 36 holes on the first day of competition and 18 holes on the second day.
The team works out together on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6:30 a.m. in the Bulldog weight room. E.J. Jackson is the strength and conditioning coach for the Women's Golf team and has been working with them for almost three years.
"We focus a lot on flexibility and core strength," said Jackson. "We want to try and prevent injuries while they play and work on their strength in hitting the ball."
Cates and the team take working out very seriously. Cates has her own set of rules for the early morning workouts and Jackson enforces those rules very strongly. If the ladies are late to the 6:30am workouts, they are required to spend ten minutes on the stair climber while the rest of the team is working out. If they completely miss a work out and it is unexcused, they must come in to the weight room at 5:30am the next morning and clean the gym equipment.
"EJ does a great job with the team and the girls enjoy working out," said Cates. "Staying physically fit is very important for this sport. It is also important to work on the speed muscles, balance, and core strength."
The Women's Golf team starts its season on September 13 at the Colorado State 2010 Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic in Windsor, Colo.