Poughkeepsie, NY–The Williams women's golf team came back from 14 shots behind on the second day of the Vassar College Invitational to win a thriller by two strokes. The Ephs finished the first day 14 strokes behind NYU and left it all out of the course today, shooting a combined score of 300, just two off their team record of 298 set at The Orchards in 2015. Williams was the only team to move in the standings, up or down, jumping up from fourth place.
"I'm really proud of our team's reaction to Saturday," senior captain Tracey Kim said. "Everyone was focused on learning from their mistakes and looking forward to a chance to show what our team can really do. There was an air of high energy and motivation that was really inspiring to see as a captain."
The weather was warm and sunny with light gusts of wind. Scores were much lower as a result but none were as low as the Ephs, who were 16 strokes clear of the field in today's scoring. NYU shot 316 today to come second to the Ephs by two with a two-day total of 633. Amherst rounded off the top three with a 315, shooting a two-day total of 642.
Sophomore Cordelia Chan led the Ephs with a 73 today and a total of 154; she finished T2 indivdually with Amherst freshman Morgan Yurosek (76-78). Chan posted back-to-back birdies on the long par-5 tenth and the short, uphill par-4 eleventh to shoot +1.
Juniors Phoebe Mattana and Liz Gudas shot 74 and 77 respectively, placing sixth and T7 individually. Senior Tracey Kim struggled on the greens today, three-putting seven times but was able to grind out three birdies to shoot 76. She hit an impressive 18 greens in regulation today after hitting her irons awry yesterday. Senior Sophie Kitchen's 79 was dropped today but she improved her score six strokes from yesterday and sees a lot of improvement in her game.
"We identified what we need to do better, and with a strong game plan and great determination, the team played one of its best rounds ever," head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson said. "It was a true team effort that secured the win for us today and now we start preparing for next weekend."
With a 300 in the clubhouse, the Ephs had to wait to see if it was good enough for the win. Anxiety rose as they waited for the scores to trickle in and when the victory was assured, the team couldn't have been happier, coming back from a 14-stroke deficit to win by two, definitely a first for the program.
The Ephs will return to the links next weekend at the Amherst College Invitational, April 15-16.