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Charlotte: Preparing for a final golf season in a different time

She overcame multiple injuries and obstacles to remain one of the top Division-I golfers at Augusta University. Now in a different looking senior season, Charlotte Alran is pursuing her final year as a collegiate golfer and a master’s degree in business.

Alran is from Lausanne, Switzerland and joined the Jaguars as a freshman for the 2016-17 season. In her first collegiate start, she paced the team in Puerto Rico and helped Augusta reach the NCAA Regional as a freshman. She went on to rack up multiple accolades and records throughout her career in Augusta. She has the lowest 18-hole score in school history, but it was a challenge to compete and a challenge to even get to the Garden City.

After she committed to AU in 2016, Alran tore her ACL snow skiing six months before her trip to Augusta. She overcame injury, completed her rehab, and began playing in the spring. After three successful seasons, Alran overcame another late injury and was primed to play in her season in 2019-20 when the pandemic struck.

“We were getting ready for our home event and I remember we were on the (driving) range and all the teams we’re calling coach and saying they weren’t coming because of coronavirus,” Alran said. “I saw the NCAA was cancelling the rest of the season and I was like, that’s it, it’s over. It was kind of crazy and it was really sad.”

Sadness turned to motivation and Alran and the Jaguars began preparing for the future during the break for COVID-19. While finishing her bachelor’s degree in business marketing, Alran started her MBA while still keeping her golf game sharp. She is on a pursuit of two degrees in five years and has another chance at her season senior coming up. The NCAA plans to resume Division-I golf in winter/spring of 2021.

“Now it feels like even more special. I feel like now we know it can be taken away so fast so we enjoy it a lot more, because you never what’s going to happen,” Alran said. “I’m excited. Who gets two senior years, that’s exciting!”

Augusta has not officially announced its 2020-21 women’s golf schedule, but have full plans of competing with the NCAA’s guidance and approval. Upon completion of her MBA, Alran plans to stay in Augusta, Ga., while pursuing her dreams of turning professional.

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