Gabby Tremblay

Sophomore Gabby Tremblay watches her shot at the Big East Championship in Fort Myers, Florida, last weekend. Tremblay placed second overall and earned a spot on the all-tournament team as the Jays recorded their best-ever finish in the conference.

In a historic moment for the women’s golf team, the group placed third in the Big East Championship last weekend. It’s the program’s highest-ever finish in 29 years under coach Debbie Conry.

“I have waited a really long time for this. This was such an amazing experience, but more importantly, it was fun for the girls,” Conry said.

The Jays were led by sophomore Gabby Tremblay, who tied for second after posting scores of 73, 77 and 73. The performance even landed her a spot on the all-tournament team.

“I think the biggest thing for me was just staying in the present and not getting ahead of myself. I was just focusing on the next shot,” Tremblay said.

Tremblay’s finish is even more impressive considering it was her first Big East tournament, but it came as no surprise to Conry.

“The hard work she puts into the game is phenomenal,” Conry said. “I have to tell her to stop practicing when it’s 30 below. I am so proud of her and happy all of her hard work paid off.”

Alongside Tremblay, junior Katie Allen also finished in the top 10, placing eighth. She posted a career best score of 71 on the first day, the only score under par in the whole tournament.

Rounding out the rest of the Jays historic third-place finish was freshman Katie Berrian in 15th, senior Margaret Hickey in 22nd, and sophomore Claire Orcutt in 24th.

“The team played incredible. It was the best we played all year, and this is what made it so much fun,” Tremblay said.

Although this was the last tournament for the year, the Jays established important building blocks for next year.

“This will definitely motivate us as a group to work hard for next year. We have a taste and now we know what it takes,” Conry said.

Tremblay echoed a similar sentiment.

“This was such a great weekend for the program. We can use this to build on and get ready for next fall and spring,” she said.

But for now, the Jays are going to enjoy it.

“I am still really, really excited,” Conry said.

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