LANCASTER - The last time there was a women's golf team on the AVC campus, George W. Bush was president, the Pittsburgh Steelers were Super Bowl champions and Tiger Woods won two of the four major golf championships.
Now it's back, and new head coach George Fetters couldn't be more thrilled.
"We're excited," Fetters said. "I'm anxious andthe girls have been working really hard all summer."
Fetters has a roster of six new players led by Michaela Klundt, who was a former standout golfer at Quartz Hill High school that went to CIF all four years in high school.
"She's a quality player. Her goal is to go to UCLA," said Fetters of Klundt. "I know we have one really good player, now we have to find two or three more."
Klundt said she considered going to College of the Canyons to play golf or even thought of giving up the sport until AVC brought it back this season.
"I'm pretty excited since AVC is bringing back the golf team," the 2016 graduate said. "We've improved greatly as a team. We've been practicing so much. I have great hopes for all of us to do well."
Fetters served as the football team's defensive coordinator for AVC for 14 years before giving it up in 2007.
"I think we can be competitive," he said. "This week will be a test to see how well we'll play."
Emma Watson will be the Marauders' No. 2 player followed by Allison Siffleet. Fetter is also excited about Amy Chaffino, who will play No. 6, only because Chaffino started just two weeks ago, but Fetters says she hits the ball "very well."
AVC opens it season on Sunday in Ventura in a non-conference match at the Olivas Links Golf Course. On Monday, the team stays in Ventura to compete in a conference match at the Buena Ventura Golf Course.
Things won't be easy this season, however, for the Marauders as they will have to face defending state champion Santa Barbara City College and state runner up, Citrus College.
"I told the girls let's just go out there and try to have fun," Fetters said.