Poughkeepsie, NY–The day started off beautiful and sunny. All of the women golfers had stripped down to short sleeves and skirts as they prepared for the first round of the Vassar Invitational held at Casperkill Golf Club. As the afternoon groups teed off one by one, the sun had reach its peak and the players contemplated sunscreen. The sun and warmth was short-lived and the balmy 70-degree day quickly became cold and frigid as the Williams team ended their round. The Ephs fired a score of 322 and they sit T2 with Ithaca College just three shots behind NYU.
Despite the weather, many of the Ephs performed well on the back nine but, unfortunately, struggled on the front. Senior Phoebe Mattana was the lone Eph who conquered the front nine. Mattana struggled to finish her round and came into the clubhouse with the team low of 78. She is fifth by herself individually. Freshman Holly Davenport and junior Isabella Wang had a pair of 81's (T11), junior Cordelia Chan was one worse with an 82 (T15), and senior Liz Gudas rounded off the scoring with an 83 (T19). Gudas had a miraculous comeback on the back nine after a disappointing, 8-over 44 on the front. She battled and grinded for her 3-over 39 on the back nine.
Freshman Stella Woo, playing as an individual, shot a solid 84 and sits T23 individually.
"The team did well staying focused and sticking to their game plan while battling the cold gusts at the end of the round. It's a good return to tournament play, but we know we can do better. We left a few shots out there, and we're ready for round two," head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson said.
With cooler temperatures towards the end of the round today, the players look forward to even colder temperatures tomorrow with a high chance of freezing rain. Nevertheless, the Ephs are determined to keep focus and improve on their day one score. All of the players will tee off tomorrow with a 9:30 shotgun.