Women's Golf Heads to Middlebury This Weekend to Defend Their NESCAC Championship Title

Sophie Kitchen '17
Sophie Kitchen '17

HADLEY, Mass. – Middlebury College will host the NESCAC Women's Golf Championship this weekend at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course. The first round of the 36-hole championship begins at noon on Saturday, October 8 with a shotgun start. Play continues on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 9:00 a.m,

The NESCAC Women's Golf Championship will be held in conjunction with Middlebury's George Phinney Jr. Golf Classic in which non-NESCAC teams will be competing.

The five Ephs that Adalseinsson will have competing for the 2016 NESCAC title include: Cordelia Chan, Liz Gudas, Tracey Kim, Sophie Kitchen and Phoebe Mattana. All five of these Ephs played in last year's NESCAC Championship Tournament.

The three Ephs participating in the George Phinney, Jr. Golf Classic will be Renee Kwak, Cindy Wang, and Isabella Wang.

Williams is aiming to defend its title after winning the inaugural NESCAC Women's Golf Championship last season on their home course the Taconic Golf Club.

In 2015 the Ephs recorded a two-day total of 617 to out pace runner-up Middlebury by 46 shots.

Last fall the Ephs placed their top five finishers in the top seven spots on the final leader board with Cordelia Chan taking home medalist honors with a 151 for 36 holes. Phoebe Mattana and Tracey Kim tied for third shooting 156, Sophie Kitchen was sixth (159), and Liz Gudas was seventh (161).

The Ephs enter the NESCAC Championship having won their last two tournaments. Williams won its own invitational last weekend behind the play of sophomore Cordelia Chan who earned medalist honors with two rounds of 74 and won the tournament by one stroke. Junior Elizabeth Gudas and senior Sophie Kitchen added a third and fourth-place finishes, respectively.

Junior Phoebe Mattana led the Ephs to a first-place finish at the Mount Holyoke Invitational. She earned individual medalist honors with a two-day total of 147 and helped the team post a school-record two-day mark of 601. Gudas (148) was runner-up at Mount Holyoke, while Chan (151) placed third.

Chan was the top Eph golfer at the Wellesley Invitational, shooting a score of 154 to lead Williams to second place.

"The team's performance has been very strong so far this season," noted first year Eph head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson. "We believe that our biggest strength is the depth of our roster. Three different players have been the leading scorers for the team in the first three tournaments, and we set a new school record with a tournament team score of 601 at Mount Holyoke."

Adalsteinsson continued, "We have also seen a personal best or second best tournament score from four players so far this fall. Despite this, we haven't reached our peak yet, as we know we can do better. There is no need to motivate the team for the NESCAC Championship. We are excited to show up at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course and compete with our peers. The women have been so focused lately and they enjoy challenging each other at practice. We will continue to put the ball in the right spots and take advantage of the opportunities that arise."

The host Middlebury Panthers finished as runner-up last season and look to contend for the title in 2016 with the advantage of playing at home.

Amherst placed third at the NESCAC Women's Golf Championship last year. Amherst opened the 2016 season by winning the Wellesley Invitational. First-year golfer Morgan Yurosek carded a two-day total of 149 to earn medalist honors in her collegiate debut.

The Hamilton women's golf team finished among the top three teams in its first three tournaments this season.

Bowdoin opened the year defeating Bates in individual and match play. The Polar Bears also captured first place at the Maine State Championship, sweeping the first three spots in the results.

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