Hadley, MA–Historically, the Mt. Holyoke Invitational has been a tournament the Ephs can capitalize and go low. The past three years at this tournament, the team has broken records: Three years ago, the Ephs shot their first sub-300 round at 298. Two years ago, the team broke their long-standing 36-hole record with a two-day total of 601. Last year, the team put together four great scores to break their two-year 18-hole record of 298 with a 296. Time will tell if the Ephs wil continue their streak of record breaking rounds at The Orchards Golf Club. The team got off to a slow start today with two out of the top five having never played the course before. The team shot 316 today and are three strokes behind Amherst and one stroke clear of New York University.
Mt. Holyoke's head coach Tim Waco began the tournament boasting that today was only the second time he's ever hosted this tournament without rain. The teams may have avoided the rain today but the wind was a whole other obstacle the players had to overcome. The rain the night before had made the fairways soft and standing water inevitable. Despite the subpar playing conditions, the Eph squad grinded out every shot.
They are led by senior Cordelia Chan who managed to keep her score at a +3, 75 after going three over in the first five holes. She is tied for first with Chole Levins (Middlebury), Peyton Greco (Ithaca College) and Patty Treevichaphan (NYU).
"The conditions made it a bit tough on especially the longer holes because we weren't getting much roll," Chan said. "But after seeing the course today and knowing what to expect, I feel good about my game and the teams for our round tomorrow!"
Sophomore Stella Woo is second on the team with a solid 77. She made the turn even but struggled on the tough back nine holes. She was able to make quality up and downs to keep her score in the seventies. She is T6 individually. Freshman Olivia White and sophomores Holly Davenport and Mehr Sewant rounded off the scoring with an 80, 84, and 86 respectively. The squad also brought senior Isabella Wang as an individually. She shot an 85 and sits T38.
"Today wasn't a good day for us. We didn't start the round well and had a tough time turning it around. Practicing after the round brought back some confidence that we will take with us into tomorrow's round," head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson said.
Tomorrow, the Ephs will return to play with a 9am shotgun.