WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Tomas Adalsteinsson's Williams women's golf team heads to Middlebury, Vermont to compete in the NESCAC Women's Golf Championship to be played at the Ralph Myhre Golf Club on the campus of Middlebury College Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7. The event, which is held in conjunction with the George Phinney Jr. Golf Classic, will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. start on Sunday.
Currently two NESCAC teams are ranked in the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) NCAA DIII National Poll. The Ephs are ranked 4th in the WGCA Poll, while Amherst is ranked 13th.
The Eph 5-person lineup features one senior, two sophomores and two first years. Senior Isablla Wang will be competing as an individual, but willnot be counted in the team scoring 1) Fy. Joanna Kim, 2) Sr. Cordelia Chan, 3) So. Mehr Sawant, 4) So. Holly Davenport, 5) Fy. Olivia White. Individuals: Sr. Isabella Wang and So. Stella Woo.
"We have made some good progress since the start of the season, and with a young team it took some time in the beginning to find our rhythm," stated Adalsteinsson. "We have played good golf but we believe our best is yet to come, and we've been working hard to bring our best game to the NESCAC Championship this weekend."
"The academic load is very heavy for our students now and our players are doing their absolute best to stay healthy, while also getting all their work done. I couldn't be more proud of the players' efforts each week. Now our focus is on finalizing our game plan for the Ralph Myhre Golf Club and we're excited for a fun championship with our NESCAC peers."
The 2018 NESCAC Championship could be one of the most competitive in the brief history of the event, as nine of the top-10 golfers from last season return to the field, including the medalists from 2015 (Cordelia Chan, Williams) and 2016 (Chloe Levins, Middlebury). Additionally, Trinity College, will be represented as a team as the Bantams are playing their inaugural season at the varsity level.
The Ephs opened the season at the Dartmouth Invitational, playing against several of the top Division I teams in the region, and finished 10th. The Ephs earned second place at the Mount Holyoke Invitational, finishing three strokes back of Amherst, and placed second to NYU at their own Fall Invitational, the final tune-up before the NESCAC Championships.
Senior Cordelia Chan (Windsor, Ontario), the NESCAC Player of the Year and an All-NESCAC First Team selection last year, was the Ephs' top golfer in the first two events. She finished in a tie for 20th with a score of 150 (77-73) at Dartmouth.
At Mount Holyoke, Chan broke her own school record 18-hole score she set as a first year by one stroke, firing a five under 67 on the final day. She also set a new 36-hole mark with a two-day total of 142 (75-67) and earned medalist honors. Chan finished eighth (78-77-155) at the Ephs' tournament.
First-year Joanna Kim (Edina, Minn.) was the team's top golfer at the Williams Invitational, posting rounds of 75 and 77 for a two-day total of 152 to place third overall.