Bloomfield, NJ–The last fall season round. The weather was a balmy and sunny day, quite opposite from the frigid temperatures predicted all week. After a solid showing from the host team, NYU, was in the lead by eight strokes after the first day of play. The Ephs, however, were not going to go down without a fight; after all, the second day of any tournament is moooooooving day for the Ephs. With eight strokes to make up, the Ephs knew they had to play, not necessarily extraordinary golf, but good, solid golf. And that's just what they did. The Ephs put together their lowest score of the Fall season with a 306 today. NYU posted a second day total of 325, which meant the Ephs had overcome the eight shot deficit and beat the home team by 11 strokes overall. Williams came first with a 619, NYU second with 630, and Amherst third with 648.
The Ephs play a young team. With freshman and sophomores circling in and out of the top five lineup, the fall season had a steep learning curve as new players were adjusting to the pressures and excitement of playing for this deep team. This tournament really capped off a strong fall season for the Williams team and showcased what this team is really capable of doing. Freshman Joanna Kim had to fight for her spot on the top five, missing out on one tournament early on. Kim was adamant to make it back on the lineup and has never wavered from the number one or two spot since. She capped off her first collegiate season with her first collegiate win. Kim shot a two-over 74 today, six strokes better than her day one score of 80, and the lowest of the field on the second day.
"I think this course really emphasizes good short game and putting. This week I was able to line up the ball with confidence and make a smooth stroke," Kim said. "My long game wasn't where I hoped it could be but I was able to work around the deficit with a strong short game!"
Senior Cordelia Chan was next up in the lineup. Her 78 today put her tied with Kim for first place. After a scorecard playoff, Kim was awarded medalist honors. The scoring continued with sophomores Holly Davenport and Stella Woo matching with a pair of 77s. Davenport and Woo placed T10 and T8. Freshman Olivia White finished the top five with an 81. She played T5. White, like Kim, has had quite the freshman fall season. She played in every event in the top five and carded a 74 and a 76 this season. Her consistency every time she steps on the course was key to the Ephs success this season.
"I think this tournament was a great way to end the fall season! I'm so proud of the team and all their hard work not only for this tournament but throughout the season," Kim said.
Senior Isabella Wang, playing as an individual, also played her last fall season tournament this weekend! She shot an 88 on the second day of play and placed T22.
"It was great to end the fall season with such a strong team performance. This performance will carry well into the off season, and the players needed to see their games come together to see what we are truly capable of," head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson said. "We have a fairly young team that's learned a lot during this fall season, and we will benefit from it come spring time. It's also fun to see a first-year earn medalist honors in her rookie collegiate season."
The Ephs will return for their Spring season in April!