South Hadley, MA— The morning began slowly yet eerily for the ephs. The forecast previewed a low 40 degrees temperature with forceful gust that would loom over the golf course throughout the day. Players were spotted bundled up in 4,5, even 6 layers of rain/wind gear, still ready and eager to defeat the golf course as always despite the weather.
Coming back from the win at Vassar last week, the team was ambitious to challenge themselves and show their hard work paying off, once again at the Jack Leaman (Amherst College) Invitational. Unlike previous years, the invitational was held at the Ledges Golf Club, a course that none of the six ephs had played before. Even through the tough day, the Williams team was able to grind through, keep to their handicap and finish with a lead by 16 strokes, a team total of 308. Behind Williams is a tied second of NYU and Wellesley with team scores of 324.
Through the entire tournament's leaderboard, it was hard to find many scores below 80, yet four of the five ephs managed to break 80, allowing them to take the lead by a big gap. Since the course condition was incredibly difficult, no one member had a monumental round but instead managed to make up and down pars and some bogeys.
"It took a little while for my round to get going, but once I gained confidence in my swing, the course was pretty accessible," Chan shared about her round, "This is the first time our team has seen the course so I'm really proud how everyone kept the ball in play and managed the course. I'm excited to see the team battle through the cold and wet condition tomorrow.
Sophomore Stella Woo was one stroke behind Chan and Kim at 77(T4) and freshman Olivia White finished at 79, placing 8th by herself. Sophomore Holly Davenport scored a 84 (T26) and their individual, senior Isabella Wang finished off the round with a solid 81 (T12).
"The team did well managing their game in these tough conditions today. Each player showed great discipline while navigating an unfamiliar course, but we still left some shots out there. Tomorrow will be another test for the team, and after a good meal and some rest, we're excited to get back out there." head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson said.
The Ephs will seek to capture another victory with even more birdies tomorrow. Round 2 will begin with a 9AM shotgun at the Ledges Golf Club.