Janelle Reali, the only senior on the MSU Women’s Golf team, is an important player for the team this season. She is competing in her final season after three successful years. In the 2014-2015 season her average was 77.48 strokes per round. This year she is averaging 75 strokes per round. Before Reali committed to MSU, she was hooked on the school. “MSU was my first choice once I saw the school,” she said. Hailing from Livermore, California, Reali was immediately drawn to the outdoor aspect of campus.
Reali helped the team develop throughout her time at MSU, believing that each year the team was more dedicated and improved as a whole. As the only senior on the team this year, she views her teammates like younger sisters. “We spend a lot of time bonding and getting to know each other,” Reali said, adding that the team spends a lot of time together in the off season between fall and spring tournaments.
Not only does Reali work hard on the course, she also works hard in the classroom. She plans to graduate in business marketing in the spring and hopes to continue to pursue her passion for golf once her time on the team is over. Reali worked two part-time internships over the summer, one with her hometown golf course and another with a startup sports drink company.
This season she has remained consistent, shooting low 70s in most of the tournaments. At the Cougar Cup in Pullman, Washington earlier this season, her three round scores were 71-76-76 for a total of 223. “I feel confident with my woods and long irons,” Reali said, but she plans to lower her scores further by improving her putting. She credits Head Coach Brittany Basye in helping her improve over the years and appreciates that Basye creates a positive environment for the team to grow as a unit.
The team’s final tournament of the season in Santa Clara is a special one for Reali. The tournament takes place Oct. 31 – Nov. 1. “It’s only about an hour away from my hometown so a lot of my friends and family will be there to watch,” she said. She is also excited to see many former teammates who are now competitors at other schools.
Reali helps promote a healthy environment and motivates the team to continue to improve as the year progresses. The team will begin the spring season with a tournament in Sedona, Arizona on March 3-4.