Abby Cavaiani

Junior Abby Cavaiani putts the ball in a 2019 meet. Head coach Kevin Kane said Cavaiani is one of the best players in the Missouri Valley Conference.

The Missouri State Bears women’s Bears golf team had a rough 2020-21 season. 

“There were a lot of highs and lows,” head coach Kevin Kane said. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed on how the spring went. I felt like we never really got on a roll and picked up momentum.”

Kane, who is in his 17th season at Missouri State and 25th as a collegiate head coach, is no stranger to winning. The Bears won the last two MVC conference championships before 2020-21 and have won three in the last seven years. 

The team took a big hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For most of the fall and spring season, many of the players tested positive for the coronavirus, which left them unable to play. 

Despite that, the team was still able to play in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship tournament. After being projected by the conference’s coaches to win the MVC tournament, the Bears finished in fourth. 

“I think we all learned to appreciate what we have and not take anything for granted,” Kane said.  

Senior Bridget Schulte, who graduated in the spring, will return to MSU for one more year, using her extra COVID-19 year of eligibility. 

Schulte, who has been at Missouri State for four years, has earned a few honors while at MSU including MSU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and MVC Honor Roll for spring 2021. “(Schulte’s) always worked her tail off,” Kane said. “She’s put in the work and put in the time, and it’s good to see someone like that with that pedigree come in and make herself a good player.”

Sophomore Abby Cavaiani received praise from her head coach and has been labeled as the team’s best player. 

“Abby’s got the drive. People like her don’t come along every day,” Kane said. “I think she’s the best player in the league.”

Along with Schulte and Cavaiani, everyone on the Bears’ roster will return to Missouri State for at least two more years.

 

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