By CARLY CHELOVITZ
Lizy Moretti ’19 began playing golf at the age of four. One of four kids, her dad wanted a kid who excelled at golf and saw her as his last hope. As she finishes her first golf season as a Lady Pio, her dad should be proud. Not only has her passion and love for the sport grown, her skill has as well.
Moretti attended an all-girl’s school and grew up always competing against men’s teams instead of other women. She attributes this aspect of her golf career as providing her with an environment that taught her about healthy competition and how to succeed. Throughout high school, she and her team continued to break records and compete at the national level year after year. Moretti competed in the Rhode Island Division I State Championships all four years and was lucky enough to qualify for the New England Championships her junior and senior year.
An accomplished golfer, she decided to forgo Division I athletics, feeling she would be able to improve her game more in a Division III setting.
“Golf is a game that you get better and better at as you age,” Moretti says. “When I was being recruited, Coach Andrews seemed so passionate about building up the team and I was excited to become a part of that, to continue improving every season as I was accustomed to in high school.”
Though golf is an individual sport, Moretti sees herself as a team player. At practice, she loves to work on her swing, but says, “I do what I can to help the team. I try to get my game where it needs to be so we can be successful as a whole.” She was overwhelmed by how welcoming the entire team was to the first-year players and wants to do what she can to keep the great team dynamic that has been set in place. Moretti also comments on the relationship between the men’s and women’s teams, “… we practice together, which makes for a great time not only at practice but on the course.”
When Moretti prepares for a golf match, she likes to focus on the mental aspect of the game instead of the physical skill. If she can’t mentally prepare herself, she relies on her teammates’ encouraging words to “build her up.” Though she refers to golf as a mental game, Moretti knows she wouldn’t be where she is without hard work and dedication, stating “practice is key.”
This season, Moretti has placed consistently in the top 40 at each tournament. She has been shooting in the lower 90s and her game has been improving at each match. Moretti hopes to play golf all four years in college, as well as implementing golf and athletics into a future career, explaining “I would love to intern at Titleist or Nike. It’s all a dream, but who knows what will happen?!”