HOUSTON -- The walk through of the Bay Oaks Country Club layout is done. The practice round was completed today ahead of the start of Tuesday's first day of the 2019 NCAA DIII Championship.
'The hay is in the barn' is a familiar phrase used by coaches when they know that they have done all that they can to prepare their team for a competition and next up is the actual competition.
"We are having a great time as a team here in Houston," said Eph head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson. "The players really enjoyed playing the course today and finalizing our game plan. We've been playing good golf all spring, and as with all the other teams - we start even with a chance to end on the top of the leaderboard. We start by focusing on our game each day, and execute the way we know best. I'm excited to see what we are capable of doing here this week."
Tuesday morning at 8:20 AM Adalsteinsson's Williams women's golf team will begin their quest for the 2019 NCAA DIII title when they tee off on the 10th tee.
The Ephs will be paired with players from George Fox University (Oregon) and Grinnell College (Iowa) in the initial round.
The championship will be contested over four days with 18 holes being played each day. After the third round only the top 15 teams play in the fourth and final round along with the six individual players who were chosen by the coaches committee to compete for top individual honors.
A year ago the Ephs tied with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) after 72 holes and the two teams had to play two additional holes to determine the champion. CMS edged the Ephs by one shot and Williams finished second.
When the Ephs last played in the NCAA Championship at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston they came in fourth. The lone golfer in this year's Eph quintet who played in here in 2017 is senior Cori Chan. This will be Chan's fourth appearance in an NCAA Tournament in her Eph career.
The Ephs were ranked eighth in the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) final spring poll.
WGCA Top 10 teams:
1. Carleton (MN)
2. George Fox (OR)
3. DePauw (IN)
4. Grinnell (IA)
6. CMS CA)
7. Rhodes (TN)
8. Williams College
9. Redlands (CA)
10. Washington U. (St. Louis)