HOWEY-in-the-HILLS, FL – The Williams College Women's golf team ended the 2010 spring season on a positive note today, shooting a 1351 for a 7th place finish at the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship. Methodist University took top honors at this year's competition, earning their thirteenth consecutive championship title.
This is the best NCAA finish for the Ephs in the program's history. "I am proud of the entire team. I hope it was as memorable and as special for them as it was for me," said head coach Erika DeSanty. Their performance this year breaks their previous record from 2008, where they came in 8th.
This accomplishment is understandingly bittersweet for the outgoing seniors. Anne O'Leary, a four-year team member and the Eph's top performer this week, said that she felt "lucky to have finished with this team and I know the underclassmen will do great things for the program in the future. Coach DeSanty was truly motivational out on the course and I'm confident that she will lead the program to great places in the upcoming seasons." O'Leary (82/80/85/77) was the highest ranked golfer from Williams, tying for 14th place with Flora Weeks of Middlebury, Annie Jackson of Gustavus Adolphus, and Catherine Wagner of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Senior Mary Gelber (88/79/87/83) was another key player in the Eph's success, shooting a 337 to rank 30th overall, along with freshman teammate Becky Miller (89/79/89/80) and Sarah Stillwell of Schreiner University. For Gelber the victory is especially memorable, as this is her first spring season and first NCAA tournament experience. "This was the most amazing experience I've had at Williams. It was both fun and challenging," said Gelber. Another senior, Kait O'Brien said, "I was proud of how everyone contributed and supported each other. I think this season has really put the program in a good place."
Coach DeSanty is also optimistic about the future of the team, and hopes to continue their success next season and beyond. "We were fortunate to have so much support from [men's ice hockey coach] Bill Kangas as well as the family and friends of the program."