Middlebury, VT—The women's golf team return to the links this weekend for the George Phinney Golf Classic played in conjunction with the NESCAC conference championships. The tournament is held at Middlebury College's Ralph Myhre Golf Course. The Ephs paced the tournament with a team total of 315. Host team, Middlebury College, is just four strokes behind at 319. Amherst is third with a 325, Ithaca College is fourth with a 332, and SUNY Cortland rounds off the top 5 with a 336. Middlebury's Chloe Levin leads the tournament individually after shooting a three-over, 74.
"The team showed a great amount of strength today grinding through windy conditions and fighting for every shot. We got a good feel for the course today, and we feel like we can do even better tomorrow," head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson said.
The conditions were difficult at the Ralph with winds gusting at 20 mph and a surprise rain shower in the middle of the round. Despite all this, the Ephs managed to post all five members in the top 10.
Senior Sophie Kitchen led the way with a five-over 76 and currently holds second place alone. Junior Liz Gudas isn't far behind with a 78; she is tied for third with Ithaca College's Kimberly Wong and Cortland's Tiffany Schapira. Senior Tracey Kim carded an 80 to sit tied for seventh with Middlebury freshman Black Yaccino and junior Katharine Fortin. Sophomore Cordelia Chan and junior Phoebe Mattana both shot an 81 to end day-one tied for tenth.
"The Ralph Myhre golf course always plays tough but with the high winds today it was even more important to stay focused on making par," co-captain Kitchen said.
The Ephs were able to bring all their players to this tournament, giving freshman Cindy Wang her first experience travelling with the team. Both her and the other freshman, Renee Kwak, posted an 86. Sophomore Isabella Wang capped the Ephs scoring with a 90.
"I was really proud of how everyone on the team stayed positive and posted a solid number even if it was higher than their average score," Kitchen said. "I am especially proud of our freshman, Cindy, for her unbelievable attitude at her first tournament ever and arguably one of the toughest we play all year."
The women will begin tomorrow with a 9 am shotgun.
"It's great to have our entire team traveling together this weekend. The support they provide each other, the smiles, and the laughter is pivotal for us to perform at the level we aim for," Adalsteinsson said. "We are excited to get back out there tomorrow and have a good time."