Poughkeepsie, NY– Day 1 of Vassar invitational started with a 1:30pm shotgun start in a misty, drizzling, but a fairly warm weather. All of the women golfers had stripped down to short sleeves and skirts as they prepared for the first round of the Vassar Invitational held at Casperkill Golf Club. As the light shower rain fluctuated, the players had to go back and forth with putting on their rain gear. Although the weather forecast marked a nice 60-degree temperature throughout the day, there was still a sneaky breeze over the course that could not be overlooked. The Ephs ended their rounds, and even through the unstable condition, fired a score of 301, sitting at the top of the leaderboard, 9 strokes ahead of NYU. The third place was Wellesley at 319, and fourth was Middlebury at 321.
Many of the Ephs went through ups and downs through the round but succeeded in pulling their rounds together, staying away from any major troubles. Most struggles came from the beginning of the round. Sophomore Stella Woo posted her college best score of 72 with a clean three birdies, three bogies round. Woo said, "I'm happy with my up and down performance today. I just tried to keep making pars and I think it was effective in posting a low score. I'm excited for tomorrow and to see more low scores my teammates are capable of shooting." Woo is in second place individually.
Freshman Joanna Kim came in with a 74 (T3), sitting at tied third place in the leaderboard. Senior Cordelia Chan shot a 77 (T6), but with an even par back nine of 36. Freshman Olivia White was one shot behind Chan, 78 (T7), and just like Chan, performed a phenomenal back nine score of two under, 34. Chan and White really fought their ways through the back nine holes, as they wished to overcome their 5-over 41 and 8-over 44 front nines respectively. Sophomore Gabby Martin, with this tournament being the first tournament she has travelled as top 5, scored a 93 and looks to have a better day tomorrow.
Sophomore Mehr Sawant, playing as an individual, shot a solid 82 with an individual ranking of 25th place.
"Today was a strong team performance. Our players have been working hard on their game, and it's showing. We know we can still do better, and tomorrow provides us with another opportunity to test our games on a fun golf course," head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson said.
With the forceast for tomorrow being high 60s and sunny, the Ephs are ready to get back out and play. Nevertheless, the Ephs are determined to keep focus and improve on their day one score. All of the players will tee off tomorrow with a 8AM shotgun.