Hadley, MA–Team records were not broken today at the Mt. Holyoke Invitational held at the Orchards Golf Club. The Ephs tied Amherst today for a second day total of 306 but Amherst's three stroke lead after yesterday kept them just ahead of the Williams team (622 for the weekend). This loss breaks the Ephs' eight-year record at this tournament. NYU maintained their third place position with a 311 today for a two-day total of 328. Wellesley surpassed Middlebury with a 15-stroke improvement off of yesterday to shoot 312 and 639 for the weekend.
Today was calmer than Saturday but just as wet. The players were spoiled with the "lift clean and place" rule through the green, which helped with the notoriously long rough. Although team records were not broken today, individual records were. When senior Cordelia Chan was a freshman, she broke the 18-hole records with a 68 at this exact tournament. Today, Chan beat her own record by one with a five-under 67. She also broke the school's 36-hole record, which was set by Georgiana Salant in 2012 with a 144 (73-71). Her two-day total of 142 (two-under par) broke Salant's record and won her medalist honors by six strokes over junior Morgan Yurosek.
"I am really happy with the way my game has come together the past couple of week. I've been working really hard to change my swing and I'm happy the work is starting to pay off!" Chan said. "It would have been nice to pull out the comeback, team win but this loss will only be motivation for us to do better at our home tournament next weekend."
Next up for the Ephs was sophomore Holly Davenport. Davenport shot a six-over 78 today, which places her T21 for the tournament individually. Classmate Stella Woo followed her first day round of 77 with an 82 today for a T16 finish. Woo began her round on the wrong foot but was able to minimize the damages and save an 82. Freshman Olivia White matched her score of 80 yesterday with an 80 today for a T18 finish. Sophomore Mehr Sewant struggled with a new swing change to post a 91 today for a 54th finish.
Senior Isabella Wang bounced back from an uncharacteristic 85 yesterday. Wang shot six strokes better, 79, to climb eight spots up the leaderboard to T30.
"We played better today, and a record-breaking low round from Cori certainly helped. She played exceptional golf today, and the determination and effort we see from her each week is resulting in very good scores on the weekends. Her round today wasn't a big surprise. She has played well at the Orchards before and today a few more putts fell. Her score could have been even lower," head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson said. "As a team we need to work on a few areas of our game before welcoming teams to our home course, Taconic, next weekend."
The Ephs will play at home next weekend, Sept. 29-30.