Hanover, NH–The Williams women's golf team was a small fish in a big pond today as they teed off the first day of their only Division I tournament of the season, the Dartmouth Invitational. The Eph schedule usually consists of only NESCAC or Division III tournaments so it was exciting to see how the Ephs stacked up against 13 Division I teams and one Division II team.
"Today was a good start to our season. This was our first time playing the course, so we learned a lot today that we'll take with us into tomorrow's round," head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson said.
The Ephs have not played this tournament since 2015 where the team placed sixth with a two-day total of 633 (317-316). Williams brought a whole new squad this year and shot seven strokes better than the 2015 squad. The team's score of 310 puts them in ninth place in a field of strong teams. The University of Albany sits atop the leaderboard with an impressive one-over 289. Harvard is in second with a 296 and Dartmouth and Siena College are tied for third with 298.
The Ephs sported a rookie team with only two players, senior Cordelia Chan and sophomore Holly Davenport, coming as experienced travelling players. Sophomore Mehr Sewant's hard work on the range earned her the number four spot this week and she proved it with a "scrappy" 80 (T48). The newest additions to the team also made the lineup this week. Freshman Olivia White shot a two-over 74 (T6) in her debut round, which boasted four birdies in a row.
"While Hanover CC is definitely a tricky course, I'm very confident that we can all use what we learned today to our advantage tomorrow. I'm looking forward to getting back out on the course in the morning," White said.
Joanna Kim, also a first year, grinded out a solid 82 (T56) for her first collegiate round. Chan's 77 (T29) and Davenport's 79 (T42) completed today's scoring.
This was the first time this Eph team had seen the Dartmouth course, including head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson.
"It was great to see Olivia and Joanna take on such a big role in their first collegiate tournament, and as a team we saw a lot of birdies today," Adalsteinsson said. "We know where we can improve and tomorrow we'll get another run at it."
After feeling out the course today, the team is prepared to shoot at pins and make moves up the leaderboard. They will be playing with Boston University and Brown University, both top ranked division one teams, at a 9am shotgun.