Amherst, MA – It is not everyday records are broken. Back in 2015, the women's golf team shot their first sub 300 round with a 298 at The Orchards Golf Club. The next year, the team broke their own record by two at the same tournament. During their spring home tournament in 2018, the team shot their lowest two-day round with a 601. Breaking one record during a tournament is hard enough but today, the Ephs broke two. They demolished their record of 296 with a one-over par, 289 today at the Jack Leaman Invitational, held at the Ledges Golf Club, and hosted by Amherst College. Their new record for a one-day score led to a two-day total record 597, bettering their previous record by four strokes. The closest team to the Ephs was 29 strokes back. Wellesley College took second place with a 626 and NYU was third with 632. This team win marks the first time the Ephs have won this tournament since the start of the program.
Individually the team was firing on all cylinders. Leading the way was senior Cori Chan and freshman Olivia White. Both were in red numbers with a pair of 71's. Chan's round featured four birdies while White managed to keep her round to pars and birdies and only one bogey.
"After yesterday's rounds we all knew that we could go low today," said White. "Although there were some holes where par was the goal, the course is short enough that many holes were attackable. Knowing which holes to take advantage of really made the difference for us."
Chan took home medalist honors with a two-day total of 147. Three shots back from Chan were teammates White and sophomore Stella Woo. Woo matched her round of 77 yesterday with a one-over par, 73 today. Woo's round consisted of four bogeys and three birdies. Off of a scorecard playoff, Woo just edged out White to take home the runner-up trophy. Freshman Joanna Kim finished next with a solid T6 finish. Kim struggled with her putting but grinded out her round to still post a sub-80 round. Sophomore Holly Davenport made a raging comeback, bettering her score by 10 shots and climbing 12 spots up the leaderboard. Her two-over 74 today catapulted her to a T14 finish. Senior Isabella Wang, playing as an individual, showed poise and consistency with an 80 today to match her 81 from yesterday. Wang placed T16 individually.
"Today was a great day for our team, said Eoh coach Tomas Adalsteinsson. "We knew that the way we've been playing, we could go low today. I had the feeling during the round that we could even finish under par, and it wasn't far off at all. It's important to understand that it's not just about the amazing golf these young women are able to play. It's about all the hard work they have been putting in for their classes, how they give their absolute best for every practice, regardless of the weather or conditions, and the heart, mind, and soul they give each other. Now we prepare for the next challenge, when we finish out the regular season at home next weekend. We can't wait!"
The Ephs will tee it up for the last time in the regular season May 4-5 at their home tournament, hosted at Taconic Golf Club.