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Athlete of the week: Felicia Espericueta

There’s no stopping golfer Felicia Espericueta on the course right now. Espericueta finished first in the Badger Invitational this week, making this tournament victory her second in a row. To cap off all her recent success, she was named Conference USA golfer of the week.

Espericueta believes her improved play has come from a few different areas. She cites “a new confidence in [her] game,” largely due to help from her new coaches, as a reason for her great play. But just as important as this newfound confidence is Espericueta’s development of her putting.

In just two tournaments this year, she has scored at par or better three times. That’s already two more times than her total through all of last season. Her recent ability to score well is a direct sign of improvements on the green.

“[Putting] has always been the worst part of my game,” Espericueta said.

After she improved in the offseason, however, she became able to relax and even have more fun out on the course.

The internal and external advancements in her game have certainly affected her scorecard. She’s down to 72.5 strokes per round, six strokes below her 2010 average.

In the Badger Invitational alone, through three rounds she beat the next closest competitor by six strokes. But her success this past week at the Badger Invitational might have been in part do to an intangible factor that not many of the other competitors had.

Espericueta grew up in Edinburg, Texas, an area that is consistently windy. So for the inclement weather at the Badger Invitational, she didn’t seem bothered at all.

“I don’t see wind as a big deal versus other girls who hardly play in those kinds of conditions,” Espericueta said on her versatility when it comes to playing weather.

But regardless of the climate, Espericueta seems poised to take on anyone as she cruises undefeated through September.

Her next tournament is the Johnie Imes Invitational on Oct. 3 through Oct. 4, hosted by Mizzou. 

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