Wellesley, MA– After a summer of individual practice and playing golf, the Ephs participated in their first event of the fall season today. With a team score of 296, they finished in first place on the first day of the Ann S. Batchelder Invitational, hosted by Wellesley College. Their score today was 13 strokes better than the score they posted in the first round in 2017 which was 309. The Ephs are in first place followed by the host team, Wellesley College who has a score of 315. Next is Middlebury College is in third place with a score of 319 and Amherst College shot 332 to place fourth.
Today was a grind between the steep hills, humid wind, and pouring rain that moved in and out of the course. The Ephs battled it out but as always, there were some shots left on the course. Sophomore Joanna Kim led the way with a two under par, 70, featuring 14 pars which was the most pars anyone made on the day, and 3 birdies. "I had lots of 6-foot putts for par," shared Kim as she described her strong short game that helped her have a phenomenal day. Kim sits in first place followed by our fellow sophomore Eph Olivia White who posted a score of even par, 72.
"Each part of my game worked together really well today. When I miss hit my irons, I was able to make up for it with my short game and with miss hit drivers, I saved par though my iron game. My putting was very consistent throughout the round and I was happy to have dropped some long putts for birdies near the end of the round," said Kim about her under par round today.
Freshman Malini Rudra played her first collegiate tournament playing in the top 5 and posted a great score of 78. The juniors Holly Davenport and Stella Woo shot 76 and 80 to be standing in T5 and T11 respectively in the individual standings. Junior Mehr Sawant, playing as an individual, shot a 83 today with much room for improvement tomorrow.
Kim further commented on her excitement for tomorrow saying, "Our team did really well under the difficult weather conditions but I am fully confident that we are capable of doing more. We have a good start into this weekend and I can't wait to see scores drop tomorrow,"
Regarding the first day performance and mindset going into tomorrow, the Ephs' head coach Tomas Adalsteinsson said, "I was very impressed with the competitiveness of the team today. Even when it started raining, the players kept fighting for each shot. We got a good feel for the course today, and tomorrow we get another chance to shoot low scores."
The Ephs will tee it up tomorrow with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.