Williamstown, MA– Back to back 306s launched the women's golf team to win their third consecutive NESCAC Championship. The tournament was also played in conjunction with the Williams Fall Invitational. The Ephs held onto their one stroke lead from yesterday and won today by three strokes over NYU, who shot a 309 today. NYU climbed from fourth to second and tied with Amherst at a two-day total of 624, 12 hots behind the Ephs. Middlebury came fourth for the Invitational, shooting 628 for the weekend.
The Williams College Ephs took a one-shot lead over Amherst into the second and final round of the 2017 NESCAC Women's Golf Championship.
With a second round of 306 to mirror their first day score Williams (612) fashioned a two-day total of 612 and won its third consecutive NESCAC title by 12 shots over runner-up Amherst (624). The Amherst Mammoths carded a second day round of 317.
The Middlebury Panthers took third place with a team total of 628, shooting 315 today. A final round of 329 placed the Hamilton Continentals fourth with a score of 679. Finishing fifth were the Polar Bears of Bowdoin College who shot 700 over the two days. The Bates Bobcats finished in sixth place with a two-day tally of 815.
Liz Gudas of Williams took home medalist honors with a final round of one over par, 72 and a two-day total of 147 (75/72). The Ephs' Cordelia Chan was second at 149 (74-75). Jessica Jeong (73-79) of Amherst was third at 152. Fourth place went to Amherst's Morgan Yurosek who carded a 154 (78-76). One shot back in fifth place was Middlebury's Blake Yaccino who shot 155 (80-75).
Day two of the 2017 NESCAC Women's Golf Championship started in a steady rain that softened the Taconic layout and slowed the greens. The temperature was in the low 70s. The rain persisted for the first six or so holes and then it stopped. A few breaks of sunshine arrived throughout the middle of the second round and the final round was played mostly under cloudy skies.
The Taconic Golf Club is a par-71; 5,819-yard layout.
Eph head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson with NESCAC
Senior Liz Gudas shot her personal record today with a one-over 72. Her two-day total of 147 was good for medalist for the tournament. Gudas had back to back birdies on four and five today, which led to a one-under front nine. Gudas attributes her round to her hot putter. With her two-day total on the weekend Gudas earned NESCAC medalist honors.
"Today was an interesting round for me. I wasn't necessarily hitting the ball my best but I was making some crazy putts and was able to finish the front 9 at one under," Gudas said. "I think the team was in a good place today being at home and it's exciting that we won the NESCAC championship my senior year!"
Junior Cordelia Chan was close behind with a 75 today and 149 for the weekend. She placed second for the weekend. Chan's ball striking was not to par as well but she was able to make some key up and downs to keep the momentum going.
Freshman Stella Woo posted a 79 today and, combined with her 78 yesterday, placed her at a very solid T10, the freshman's highest finish. Junior Isabella Wang fought back from an uncharacteristic 86 yesterday. She shot an 80 today and had her score count toward the team total. She shot up 13 spots individually and placed T34. Senior Phoebe Mattana had some trouble on the greens to post an 82 today. She finished T22 for the weekend.
As for the individuals today, the scores might have been a little higher but morale was still kept high. Freshman Holly Davenport matched her 80 from Saturday to place T16. Freshman Mehr Sawant shot 85 to place 33rd. Sophomores Renee Kwak and Cindy Wang shot 84 and 88 to finish T39 and T49 respectively. Senior Madeline Abrahams shot a 93 today to place T55.
"It was a great win at our home course. Taconic was challenging as always, but the team battled well all the way to the end," head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson said. "We are very proud of claiming the 3rd consecutive NESCAC conference title, and now we are even more eager to finish the fall season on a high note."
The Ephs will play their last tournament of the season next weekend at the NYU Invitational.