Middlebury, VT—The Ephs repeat as NESCAC conference champions after their win, shooting 629, at the George Phinney Golf Classic held at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course on the Middlebury College campus. Middlebury, the runners-up, were close behind the Ephs, shooting 312 the second day to finish with a two-day team total of 631. Amherst College was in third with a score of 648, Hamilton was fourth with a 680, and Bowdoin rounded off the top-5 in the conference with a 710. Middlebury freshman, Chloe Levin, was the NESCAC medalist after complimenting her first-day score of 74 with a 76 today.
"The overall performance was good today. The conditions were tough, windy and tricky greens, so the scores were higher than what we like to see. But the women fought for every shot, all the way to end," head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson said. "The Middlebury team played well, so we knew that we needed to stay focused and be patient. We were able to save the two shots that separated the teams."
The Ephs boasted four of their top five players in the top six, starting with junior Liz Gudas who matched her first-day score of 78 today. She finished second individually for the tournament. Senior Tracey Kim and junior Phoebe Mattana both shot 77 today to finish tied for third and solo at fifth respectively. Senior Sophie Kitchen shot an 83, but her 76 on day-one puts her at sixth for the tournament. Sophomore Cordelia Chan finished with a birdie to shoot 82 today, finishing tied for twelfth.
"It was a tough day but I was able to avoid the big numbers. Conditions were hard but the team pulled through in the end," Gudas said. "I couldn't be prouder of the team; we really fought hard to pull out the NESCAC championship."
The squad will play their last tournament of the fall season next weekend at the New York University Invitational.
"We want to thank Bill Mandigo and the staff at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course for hosting a great event," Adalsteinsson said. "Now we start preparing for our last tournament of the fall, and we want to finish strong."