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Materials science, golf a successful mix for Moylan '15

As a high school senior, Kelly Moylan '15 was unsure of where her loves of golf and engineering would take her. The North East, Pennsylvania, native had never heard of or visited Lehigh until former Lehigh women's golf coach Rob Shutte contacted Moylan following her impressive 11th place finish at the PIAA State Championship.

 "I didn't know about Lehigh until coach contacted me," Moylan said. "Once I saw how well I meshed with the girls on my recruiting visit, I was like 'Wow this is the place for me.' So it was fortuitous that the coach reached out to me."

Five years later, Moylan is preparing to conclude her career in Lehigh's brown and white.

The two-year team captain has achieved several of the highest Patriot League honors. As a sophomore, she finished sixth at the inaugural Patriot League Championship, shooting 242 to earn All-Patriot League honors.
Moylan followed up her sophomore campaign with another strong showing in her junior year, earning second team all-league honors and leading the Mountain Hawks as their top performer in three different tournaments.

In the classroom, the former high school class salutatorian owns a 3.64 grade point average as a materials science and engineering student.

Early in her academic career, Moylan knew she wanted to study engineering, but was unsure of what specified discipline to pursue. Those nerves were soon eased by the sport she loves.

"I took a material science lab where we had to design a putter for golf," Moylan said. "So I thought that was really cool."

 In addition to her Lehigh golf family, Moylan fell in love with materials science and engineering because of the close-knit nature of the program.

"Materials science is pretty small … I think there's only 15 students in that major in my year, so you end up getting pretty close to the students and professors," Moylan said. "It's great because professors know you personally, so they'll ask me how my tournaments are going."

Upon graduation, Moylan will be working at the Lord Corporation, focusing on vibrational damping for military helicopters and jet engines.

Read the full story at the Lehigh Sports Media Relations web site.

-Matthew LoBello is a writer with Lehigh Sports Media Relations.

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