Nicole Scola breaks record after record on golf course

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By Benjamin Szabo

Quinnipiac freshman Nicole Scola is simply dominating the golf course and has already inserted herself in the Quinnipiac record book.

Photo by Rebecca Castagna

Photo by Rebecca Castagna

Despite being a Bobcat for only a few months, Scola has been a golfer since her childhood.

“I wasn’t really good at nap time,” Scola said, in an interview on the Q30 Television show “Bobcat Breakdown.”

“My dad would take me out on the course to give my mom a little break on the weekends, and then I would just start hitting a couple of balls and fall asleep on the cart.”

Scola eventually outgrew the golf-cart naps and moved on to competition more fierce than her drowsiness. In high school, she not only played on the boys’ team, she was its captain, as well.

“There was a lot more boys to play against, so a lot of them were my friends and getting to beat them was a fun thing to bring up in conversations and stuff,” she said.

Beating the boys in her high school days has carried over to the first of her college career. Scola carried the Bobcats to an 11th place finish with a record-tying 154 (+10) at the two-day Tignanelli Towson Invitational at Towson Golf and Country Club in Phoenix, Md. on Sept. 8 and 9.

She then followed up that performance at the Dartmouth Invitational at Hanover Country Club in Hanover, N.H. on Sept. 14 and 15 with a 147 (+3) in the two-day tournament. Scola broke Quinnipiac’s single-round record with a 70 (-2) on the second day of the tournament and on only her second round of golf as a Bobcat.

Scola finished with a three-round score of 229 (+16) for the tournament at the 2013 Yale Women’s Golf Intercollegiate Tournament at The Course on Sept. 20-22. That score of 229 (+16) broke the record for Quinnipiac’s lowest three-round tournament score.

Scola now owns the top two spots in Quinnipiac’s record books for lowest single round by an individual. Her 70 at the Dartmouth Women’s Invitational and 73 at the Yale Women’s Fall Intercollegiate Tournament rank one and two respectively in the record books. Her first five rounds since her Quinnipiac women’s golf debut are in the top 10 for lowest single round by an individual, as well.

Though her individual success is clear, Scola is focused on the team.

“Already, I love the girls,” she said. “We’re having a blast, so I’m really excited for the future with that.”