Many people think of golf as a man’s sport, yet there are a lot of female golfers.
FIT is training some of those amazing female athletes in this sport. One of those athletes is Brittany LaPadula, who is one of seven golfers on the FIT women’s team.
LaPAdula said FIT has always been her dream school and when it came time to choose which school she wanted to go to, she was already ahead of the curve. She applied and got in.
She had a chance of being on the golf team but due to financial reasons she could not attend FIT as a freshman. Instead, LaPadula played golf at Limestone College.
While at Limestone, LaPadula participated in the All-American Scholars tournament, where student-athletes are nominated for having demonstrated high academic and athletic achievements. She finished Second Team All American and All South Region, an amazing achievement for a girl switching athletic careers at age ten from gymnastics to golf.
After two years at Limestone, LaPadula was welcomed back to FIT with open arms where she still plays golf and is able to study her preferred major, ocean engineering.
The women’s golf team opened their season in St. Augustine at the World Golf Invitational Feb. 7. With LaPadula’s driving effort, the team placed first overall.
LaPadula was tied with another player for the top spot but lost in the last round of the three-hole playoff.
When asked about the tie, she said, “I didn’t really feel like it was a win for me because I want to win outright without having to be in a playoff.”
LaPadula said that this first win for her team will show other teams that FIT is capable of wining and eventually going to nationals.
After the team’s following 1st place win at the St. Edward’s Invitational, the women were ranked No. 3 in the nation for Division II golf.