Hanover, NH–It was an eye-opening and humbling experience for the Ephs this weekend, placing tenth in a field of some of the best division one and two teams in the north east. The team historically places in all of their tournaments during the regular season so to place so low at the Dartmouth Invitational was a grounding experience for the ladies and is evidence that there is always something to work towards.
Regardless of the result, however, the team was still able to play some solid golf on a course they've only seen this weekend. The shot a 307 today, three strokes better than yesterday, for a team two-day total of 617. This score was five strokes better than the team's first tournament last year at the Wellesley Invitational, at a course very familiar to the squad. The team's score on a new course at a new tournament is a testament to the grit this team of youngsters has to offer. University at Albany held onto their lead from yesterday and followed it up with a three-over 291 for a team total of 580. Harvard University was right behind at 586 and host team, Dartmouth College finished third with a total of 598.
The only upperclassmen of the playing five was senior Cordelia Chan. She was the team's top finisher firing a one-over 73 today. She was able to put her new swing changes to use and really place her tee shots well on the tight Hanover Country Club. Her two-day total of 150 puts her T20 individually.
"Coach gave me a swing tip at the end of yesterday's round and I was happy I was able to put it into practice today!" Chan said. "This was a really good tournament for us and, even though we didn't place, I think this tournament really proved to us that even not at our best, we are able to be stand our ground with division one teams."
The rest of the playing five consisted of sophomores Mehr Sewant and Holly Davenport and freshmen Olivia White ad Joanna Kim. Sewant really learned from her round from yesterday and cut down on six shots. Sewant attributes her success to the wonders of her new driver; her new 10.5-degree driver goes a lot further than her 14-degree driver. Her 74 today catapulted her up the individual leaderboard, from T48 to T34. Davenport struggled to get into a groove at the start of her round but she is also not one to give up easily. She finished her last seven holes at two-under to salvage a six-over 78. Her two-day total of 157 puts her at T45 individually. White followed her 74 yesterday with an 84 today. Her two-day total of 158 places her T49. Kim matched her score of 82 yesterday with an 82 today for a two-day total of 164 and T62 individually.
"This was a good start to our season, and such a fun experience for the team to compete against many of the best DI teams in the northeast," head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson said. "We improved in areas we talked about after round one, but we still left some shots out there. Now our focus is on the work we need to do to be at our best at the Orchards next week."
Next up for the Ephs is the Mt. Holyoke Invitational at the Orchards Golf Club on Saturday Sept. 22.