Morgan Frazier came up short in her bid to win the Pennsylvania Women’s Amateur Golf Championship.
The Mechanicsburg native lost a semifinal match at the 18th hole Saturday to Jackie Rogowicz of Yardley, the eventual champion, at Philadelphia Cricket Club.
Neither player led by more than one hole during the course of the 18-hole match.
But for Frazier, it was still a very satisfying week.
“I hit the ball great,” she said. “My putter was pretty good. [Saturday], I missed a few putts I needed to make, but I was pretty happy with my play overall.”
Frazier plays out of Carlisle Country Club, but she hasn’t played a lot of golf this summer. As a senior at the Naval Academy, where she’s the captain of the golf team, she has other priorities.
“This is the first time I’ve played in [The Pennsylvania Women’s Amateur],” she said. “Really, over the summer, I don’t get to play many tournaments because I’m doing trainings all summer. It was a good experience to get away from school and play in something that’s not a college tournament.”
Frazier, a 2016 Cumberland Valley grad, says she found the Naval Academy a good fit from the start. “It fits my personality pretty well,” she said. “It’s pretty structured, it’s a pretty hardworking place, and I do pretty well there. I like it a lot.”
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Frazier’s academic record bears out her sentiments. She was named a Women’s Golf Coaches Association Scholar All-American last season and ranks eighth in her class in the Military Order of Merit. Heading into her senior year (she’s majoring in operations research), she has been named to the Naval Academy’s Superintendent’s List four times, the Commandant’s List five teams and the Dean’s List once.
She said a key to her success at the academy has been managing her time effectively.
“I’d say I was pretty good from the start,” she said, “but you can’t really prepare too much for what the Naval Academy throws at you. I definitely got into the swing of things my freshman year, but since then it’s kind of been a constant schedule and just doing the same things.
“Going into my senior year, I’ve kind of got the hang of it. It’s kind of just making the most of the time you have. When I go to the golf course, I’m focused on just golf, maybe two or three hours a day practice golf, and then when I’m back at school it’s focusing on academics and getting to the meetings I need to. It’s just learning how to manage your time and using the time that you have to the best of your ability.”
On the golf course, Frazier was a second-team All-Patriot League selection last season and second on her team in scoring average (75.7) while helping the Midshipmen win their first tournament titles in the program’s seven-year history as a varsity sport and set a school record for team scoring average.
Navy placed second at the Patriot League championship while Frazier herself recorded a second-place individual finish.
Golf is important to Morgan Frazier. But her time at the Naval Academy is preparing her for a greater mission to come. This time next year she will be Ensign Morgan Frazier of the United States Navy or Second Lieutenant Morgan Frazier of the United States Marine Corps.
“I like just kind of being thrown into all the challenges that the Academy gives me,” Frazier said, “and just kind of being able to balance all of them. I’ve enjoyed my team, my classmates at school, and the people are great and really support you. The whole mission in itself is rewarding, to be able to work toward something that is not just college golf and going to school — something bigger.”