WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – For the 12th time in the 15-year history of Williams women's golf the Ephs are headed to the NCAA DIII Championship to be played May 14-17 at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. Bay Oaks hosted the 2017 NCAA Championship and the Ephs came in fourth that year.
Twenty-five teams and six individuals will compete for the championship and after three rounds only 15 teams will play a fourth round. Each team brings five players and they all play each day. To get a team score each team submits its four lowest scores on each round.
The Ephs will enter the NCAA Tournament ranked eighth nationally in the Women's Golf Coaches Association national poll. Carleton College (Minn.) is the top-ranked team.
In seven of their 12 NCAA appearances the Ephs have finished 5th or better and they have never finished outside the top ten. This year marks the 10th consecutive year that the Ephs have advanced to the NCAA Championship. Over the last seven championships the Ephs have finished fifth or better each year.
Last year Williams and Claremont Mudd Scripps tied after 72 holes of play and Claremont won the playoff after the two teams played two extra holes, placing the Ephs second.
Third year Eph head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson has guided the Ephs to a fourth place finish in 2017 and to the second place finish in 2018.
"We're excited that we get to represent Williams and the NESCAC on the national stage for the 10th consecutive time," stated Adalsteinsson. "We have a young team with one senior that has played Bay Oaks before, and then two sophomores, and two first years."
"It's been a strong year for our team, with a lot of players on our roster contributing, and in the past couple of weeks we have started to see examples of what this team is capable of doing. Right now, our focus is on preparing for a fun week in Houston, and for the players to study for their final exams."
Adalsteinsson's 2019 Eph team is coming off a record-breaking campaign that has seen them register record individual and team rounds on numerous occasions. Just this past weekend the Ephs broke the single round record for the team on their home course the Taconic Golf Club carding a 296 and that coupled with their first round score of 303 gave them their first sub-600 two-day total at Taconic (599).
This past fall senior Cori Chan, a three-time All-American broke the Eph individual record for best one round score when she shot 5-under par at The Orchards in South Hadley, Mass. Chan held the previous record of four-under par set at The Orchards in 2015. Chan is the lone member of the 2019 Ephs who played at Bay Oaks Country Club in 2017. Over her four rounds Chan shot 304 and tied for 11th place.
The Ephs' updated team scoring average is 308.59.
Individual Eph scoring averages:
Cori Chan -- 75.47
Joanna Kim – 77.43
Olivia White – 79.12
Stella Woo – 78.3
Holly Davenport – 79.98